Just across river from Philadelphia, you can hang with fish, sharks, hippos, and most importantly – penguins! Advanced GeoServices was part of the design team for the renovations to the Penguin Island exhibit at the aquarium in Camden, home to their African penguin colony. These newly designed renovations are specifically designed for the health and wellness of the animals and closely mimics their native environment. And the health of humans was also considered in the design – there are rocking chairs, an underwater viewing area, and a shade canopy to keep visitors cool.
This exhibit, which originally opened in 1998, received new, beach landscape custom rock-work with radiant heat around its 17,000 gallon pool. The pool itself was converted to salt water in keeping with the bird’s natural habitat. Grottoes were added to offer shade and privacy to the penguins.
Not visible to the public is the renovated and expanded back of the exhibit that assists the aquarium’s staff in the care of the penguins, including a new holding pool and new nesting areas. Adventure Aquarium is part of a national network of zoos and aquariums that works together toward preservation and breeding programs to increase penguin populations. It’s already working in Camden – you can visit Carson, Nick, Taco, and Shelley. Spot them by looking for their steel-gray feathers, as opposed to the black and white feathers or the older penguins. Two more chicks will be joining their feathered friends mid-summer!
Advanced GeoServices’ civil design for the renovation included a site survey, geotechnical testing, new walkways, drainage design, and grading. We join Adventure Aquarium in celebrating this exciting project.
To learn more about this project, contact:
Barry G. Stingel, RLA, ASLA