Project: New Jersey State Aquarium
Location: Camden, NJ, USA
Application: Acrylic Window
Year Opened: 2005
R-Cast® acrylic can be seen throughout various exhibits at the New Jersey State Aquarium. RPT provided thick, clear acrylic windows for the up-close viewing of sharks and other tropical marine life. In fact, the windows in the Ocean Realm exhibit are as large as a movie screen, and thick enough to hold back 760,000 gallons (2.8 million liters) of saltwater. In the same exhibit, a seamless R-Cast® acrylic tunnel cuts across the floor of the aquarium, letting visitors see the tropical marine life swimming in the water surrounding the structure.
RPT also designed and fabricated R-Cast® windows for the hippo exhibit. Two Nile hippos, each weighing 3,000 pounds (1.4 metric tons), come face-to-face with the aquarium’s visitors. RPT engineered the acrylic panels to withstand the force a hippo would impose on the surface, as well as water pressure as some of the windows allow for underwater viewing of the massive mammals.