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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.

Seaworld Explorer’s Reef
BuildFabricate

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.

Louisville Zoo Main Entrance
Design Build

CASE STUDY

Louisville, Kentucky

TASK

Weber Group provided design build services for the Louisville Zoo for a new branded entrance to the facility.

SCOPE OF WORK

Using animal silhouettes that are part of the facility brand, Weber clad the existing 1950’s entrance facade with the Zoos colors, added animal prints, and built a laser-cut metal photo opportunity showcasing animals in the Zoo’s collection.  A new thematic shade structure greets visitors with the word, “welcome,” written in the 23 languages spoken in Louisville.

 

Human/Ape Interactive at the International Orangutan Center
Design Build

CASE STUDY

Indianapolis, Indiana

TASK

Weber Group was asked to design and build a human/ape interactive for use in training at The International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo.  Researchers use proprietary software to work with orangutan’s to stimulate cognitive development.

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.  The robust interactive combines ape glass, metal, and wood and serves to house the propriety software researcher’s use in their work with the orangutans.

Louisville Zoo Gift Shop
Design Build

CASE STUDY

Louisville, Kentucky

TASK

Design and renovate the main gift shop at the Louisville Zoo.

SCOPE OF WORK

Weber Group worked for zoo food and merchandise concessionaire ,SSA, to provide a full renovation of the main Louisville Zoo Gift Shop. The interior renovation included new lights, flooring, wall coverings, and shelving. Weber also created on‐brand laser cut metal animal totems to display merchandise. The exterior renovation included all new Ipe siding, doors and display windows. The finished project brings a clean and inviting look to a well visited Louisville landmark.

Entryway Sculptures, International Orangutan Center, Indianapolis Zoo
Design Build

CASE STUDY

Indianapolis, Indiana

TASK

Design and build two hand-carved Balinese wood inspired fiberglass orangutan sculptures as the feature piece for the Simon Skjodt Center

SCOPE OF WORK

The male and female orangutan sculptures greet visitors to the Simon Skjodt Center and help tell the story of the groundbreaking care and environment the orangutans enjoy in Indianapolis.  Based on ancient Balinese designs, the hand-crafted sculptures are life-size representations of original wood carvings.  Each fiberglass piece is mounted atop an immersive digital high-pressure laminate portal with rich information on the species.