PORTFOLIO: Culture & Leisure

From water parks to museums and beyond, Weber has a long history of working with leaders in the Culture and Leisure industries. Check out some past highlights of our work below.

Featured Case Studies

Our Work

Zehnder’s Splash Village
Design BuildFabricate

Case Study

Frankenmuth, Michigan

Task

Design, Build & Fabricate enchanted-themed elements for the Zehnder’s Hotel & Splash Village in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The Hotel & Water Park theming was fully Designed, Fabricated & Installed by Weber Group Inc.

Scope of Work

In Frankenmuth, or what the locals call, ‘Little Bavaria,’ sits the Zehnder’s family restaurant, nestled in the heart of this charming town, and has been serving the best Fried Chicken in Michigan for four generations. A little ways down the road, you’ll find the Zehnder’s Hotel & Splash Village, which Weber Group helped design & fabricate.

In keeping with the Bavarian culture of the town, Weber Group worked with the Zehnders to create a themed environment as set in the enchanted Black Forest of Bavaria. This magical Black Forest is said to be the home of many mythical creatures. A place where Giant Mushrooms and Tree-sized Flowers tower above your head, and Elves & Fairies roam freely…

Weber Group helped bring this magical vision to life from the initial, conceptual design, through to specialty fabrication and finally, theming installation. The project went so well, Weber Group is back in Frankenmuth this Fall, working with the Zehnder’s on their massive Hotel & Water Park expansion. The New Water Park will include a retractable roof, and more than doubles the square feet of its Water Park space. The expansion will also add 32 rooms to the Hotel… Needless to say Weber Group is excited to back in Frankenmuth with Zehnder’s again.

 

 

Norfolk Kroc Center
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Case Study

Norfolk, Virginia

Task

Design, fabricate & install ocean-themed, aquatic elements.

Scope of Work

Weber Group designed and fabricated an array of ocean-themed, aquatic elements for the new Kroc Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The 92,000 sq ft community center offers educational services, creative arts and recreational areas, and was the long-time dream of Mrs. Kroc, widow of McDonald’s Corporation founder Ray Kroc. Weber Group’s Creative & Cost-effective design for the themed elements aided in meeting the ultimate goal of the project, which was to provide a place for every community member to belong, regardless of their financial situation or level of income.

 

STING RAY BEACH CLUB AT ADVENTURE AQUARIUM
Design Build

CASE STUDY

Camden, New Jersey

 TASK

Design and build a stylized Caribbean beach overlay to convert a large dining hall into a touch tank experience for guests.

SCOPE OF WORK

The stylized Caribbean beach environment covers walls, ceilings, and floors in the former school lunch room at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ transforming it into the popular Sting Ray Beach Club.  WGI designed and built trees, cloud shaped acoustical ceiling panels to buffer sound, a large canopied shade structure with seating, and two-and three-dimensional exterior wall facades to emulate a Caribbean Beach Club. Sand castles and other water features add to the fun while visitors touch and explore Sting Rays in the Beach Club’s tanks.

Hands On Harley Davidson at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
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CASE STUDY

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

TASK

Fabricate portions of a hands-on, educational exhibit at this popular children’s museum.

SCOPE OF WORK

Weber Group, Inc. served as fabricator for portions of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s new interactive exhibit called Hands- On Harley-Davidson. This exhibit is designed for pre-school and school-age children and is meant to promote science, technology, engineering and math. Once in the exhibit, children can create a motorcycle with interchangeable parts, ride their creation and watch mechanics on video repairing motorcycles. The Weber Group fabricated the interchangeable motorcycle parts that were inspired by Harley-Davidson’s “Road King” motorcycles. Children can become motorcycle experts in the comfort of a museum setting.

Berne Glockenspiel Tower
Fabricate

CASE STUDY

Berne, Indiana

TASK

Weber fabricated and installed the Glockenspiel Tower mechanical figures that stand 5.5 feet tall.

SCOPE OF WORK

The figures tell the history of the Indiana town as they rotate. The figures include a sailing ship from Europe, a farmer, a woodworker and a Berne bear, the high school basketball team’s mascot, among others. There are 12 figures in all and they sit 25 feet in the air.

Seaworld Explorer’s Reef
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CASE STUDY

San Diego, California

TASK

Provide design build canopies for Sea World’s 50th Anniversary brand overlay

SCOPE OF WORK

Weber Group provided rockwork and specialty fabrication for Sea World San Diego’s 50th Anniversary celebration. The complete park rebranding effort, designed by PGAV, organized the park into 4 realms:  Coral , Shamu, Beach,  and Under the Sea. Included were giant coral canopies  providing shade for both animals on exhibit and visitors.

Keeper Kiosks at the Indianapolis Zoo
Design Build

CASE STUDY

Indianapolis, Indiana

TASK

Design and Build 6 Kiosks and 14 Stops for an Interactive Video Game

SCOPE OF WORK

Weber Group worked with 1st Attractions, LTD to develop kiosks for its Virtual Zookeeper Video Game at the Indianapolis Zoo. The Zooper Challenge invites visitors to be a zookeeper for a day and check in at stops throughout the Zoo to care for animals.  The kiosks are made of metal and designed in keeping with the Zoo’s branding standards.

International Orangutan Center, Indianapolis Zoo
Design Build

CASE STUDY

Indianapolis, Indiana

TASK

The International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo is the world’s foremost facility for orangutan exhibition and research.  Weber Group was fortunate to fabricate the interpretive exhibits for the Center building from Thinc Design’s conceptual plans

SCOPE OF WORK

Designed to stimulate the apes’ physical, social and intellectual abilities, the Simon Skjodt Center is home to one of the largest groups of orangutans in any American zoo. It serves as a vital education, research and conservation center where dedicated staff and members of the community can work together to create a positive future for critically endangered orangutans in the wild.  From graphics, fabric panels, realistic tree sculptures, and digital high-pressure laminate signage to hand-carved Balinese inspired wooden orangutans, this project was a true labor of love.