Entering Its 25th Year, OpenAire Continues to Grow Its Portfolio of Custom Designed Retractable Roofs and Operable Skylights

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New, high-profile projects punctuate Ontario company’s silver anniversary year

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OpenAire has become an attractive option for any company, regardless of the country or industry they operate within.

OpenAire Inc., the world’s premier designer, manufacturer and installer of custom retractable roof enclosures and operable skylights, is approaching the quarter-century mark. The company is entering its 25th year with a number of high-profile retractable roof projects in the works, including an atrium-style roof for a popular Michigan waterpark, a stylish enclosure for the Junior Olympic-sized pool at the Ontario Racquet Club, and sleek aquatic covering for a luxury cruise ship.

These current projects compliment a portfolio of custom-designed enclosures that includes such high profile projects as the world’s largest retractable aluminum-domed indoor water park, Aqua Sferra in Donetsk, Ukraine; the rooftop bar at the Refinery Hotel in New York City; The Pump House water park at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont; Fox Sports Midwest LIVE! at Ballpark Village in St. Louis, MO; The Americana Indoor Water Park in Niagara Falls, Canada; Joe’s American Bar & Grill in Boston, MA and more than 500 additional projects worldwide.

These projects all exemplify what this Canadian-based manufacturer set out to do 25 years ago. They are all venues that have “added sky” through the introduction of an OpenAire custom skylight or retractable roof enclosure, allowing visitors to enjoy the sun, moon and stars, no matter what the outside temperature.

While OpenAire is a global organization today, the idea for the company grew from the entrepreneurial vision of Mark Albertine, who saw an opportunity in a market that was dominated by large fixed skylight companies. Albertine had a dream and a simple idea – to make high-end retractable roofs and operable skylights fit for all four of Canada’s distinctive seasons.

That dream has become a reality - a reality that is helping tourist attractions like waterparks to increase footfall, and restaurants and other attractions with outdoor spaces to increase seating capacity year-round. Current notable projects include:

  •     Quantum of the Seas. This Royal Caribbean cruise ship, scheduled to embark on its inaugural voyage in November, features an OpenAire retractable roof over its luxurious new pool. The first of the new “Quantum-Class” ships, Quantum of the Seas is a uniquely modern vessel constructed at Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany.
  •     Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth. Zehnder’s Splash Village and Indoor Waterpark, located in the Bavarian-style city of Frankenmuth, Michigan has been a successful and popular 30,000-foot aquatic attraction. The park is currently adding an additional 29,000 square feet, which will be enclosed within an OpenAire-built atrium-style retractable roof. The new roof will make the water park as popular during the Michigan winters as it is in the summertime.
  •     The Ontario Racquet Club. This popular Mississauga, Ontario sports club has tapped OpenAire to build a spectacular enclosure for its 25-meter, Junior Olympic pool. The retractable roof will allow the pool to be enjoyed by members all year round.

Such high-profile projects have made Mr. Albertine very optimistic about OpenAire’s next 25 years. “We’re continually being asked to quote for larger and more unique projects, in regions experiencing construction booms, such as the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and China,” he speculates. “We’ve proven our flexibility in working across industries – be it health and community centers, waterparks, shopping centres, restaurants, or hotels. Pair this with our experience designing, building and installing our no-maintenance structures internationally, and it’s not hard to see why OpenAire has become an attractive option for any company, regardless of the country or industry they operate within.”

To learn more about OpenAire Inc’s past projects and capabilities, visit http://www.openaire.com/. To schedule time at one of these events or arrange an interview with one of their executives, please send an e-mail to sales(at)openaire(dot)com. OpenAire is currently exhibiting at the WWA Annual Symposium and Trade Show at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas at booth #1100-1102.

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About OpenAire

OpenAire has been designing and manufacturing beautiful, high-quality, environmentally conscious retractable roof enclosures and skylights for over 25 years. We bring unique visions to life from initial design to installation, transforming buildings into sunlit spaces customers love. Our commercial projects include the Americana Indoor Water Park in Niagara Falls, Canada; Aqua Sferra water park in Donetsk, Ukraine; Aqua Park in Baku, Azerbaijan; the Rooftop Bar at the Refinery Hotel in New York City, and the Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas.

Headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, OpenAire has worked throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. Learn more at http://www.openaire.com.

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