Commercial Aquarium Builder Reynolds Polymer Technology Provides Acrylic for Record Breaking Aquarium at Chimelong

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RPT manufactured and installed R-Cast® acrylic for multiple exhibits at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China, which is now the largest aquarium in the world.

This 50' wide R-Cast® demi-tunnel required over 33,000 pounds of acrylic and is home to the Polar bears at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom.

It is always exciting to work on large projects, but it is truly an honor to have participated in the construction of the world’s largest aquarium.

The art of engineering oceans has left a large footprint with the opening of Chimelong in Guangdong, China. The massive new facility houses seven different areas that are designed to replicate different global habitats and aquatic regions. The aquarium is said to contain a total of 12.87 million gallons of water and claims several Guinness titles, including the world’s largest underwater dome room, largest aquarium tank and largest aquarium viewing window.

Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. created custom panels for many of the exhibits at Chimelong, including the penguin area, the freshwater exhibits, and the Beluga whale pool. Installation of the numerous panels and large tunnel sections is always a delicate process; however, Chimelong was especially difficult. RPT workers were faced with the challenging task of positioning panels without a crane on the already roofed architecture, a feat that few could have accomplished given the geometries that RPT had to negotiate.

The Polar Adventure attraction is home to the Beluga Experience, Polar Bear Village, and Penguin World, all of which feature RPT acrylic. Inside the Polar Bear Village is a 50 foot wide underwater demi-tunnel that required over 33,000 pounds of R-Cast®. This unique concave panel brings visitors within inches of the largest inland carnivores in the world.

The viewing panels in the Beluga whale amphitheater pool showcase the remarkable clarity that is possible from R-Cast® material. The center arched panel is 40 feet long by 6.5 feet tall giving spectators dynamic views into the whale’s activities below the surface. The two curved panels on either side of the main panel offer similar experiences and are each 26 feet long for a total of 92 feet of viewing opportunities.

A true RPT creation is the one-of-a-kind tunnel that runs through the penguin exhibit inside the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom. Visitors are able to walk through the 68 foot long, curved, underwater tunnel and see multiple species of penguins including King, Gentoo, Emperor, Adelie, and Humboldt. This acrylic tunnel features a 120° bend and offers the unique feature of viewing two different penguin exhibits within the same tunnel! R-Cast® acrylic made it possible to connect each habitat with acrylic, rather than concrete, for a seamless transition from one area to the next.

The Amazing Amazon attraction features a freshwater tunnel that is 87 feet long and takes visitors through an 88° bend. The crystal clear aquarium tunnel is only six inches thick and offers intimate views of two different river fish species, the South American river fish and the Asian river fish.

“It is always exciting to work on large projects, but it is truly an honor to have participated in the construction of the world’s largest aquarium,” commented Matt Houlihan, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This is our forte. When records are going to be tested, RPT always gets the call to be involved. Chimelong is a surreal environment. Nowhere else on earth can you find a park of this magnitude that is entirely dedicated to the wonders of the sea.”

About Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc.
During its 30 years in business, Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. has completed more than 1,600 projects in 53 countries, including the AquaDom in Berlin, Shark Reef in Las Vegas, and many other custom works. RPT is the manufacturer, fabricator, designer, and installer of R-Cast® acrylic sheets. The company is constantly raising the standard for what can be done with acrylic resins, and their products have been used extensively in the architectural, signage, aquarium, water-retaining, and scientific industries. Headquartered in Grand Junction, Colorado, Reynolds Polymer Technology also has operations in Rayong, Thailand.

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