Adventure Aquarium

Camden, New Jersey

Hippo at Adventure AquariumUnique themes and features draw new visitors to Adventure Aquarium, after the completion of a significant addition and renovation. The Alvine Aquatics engineering team provided life support, mechanical and electrical systems design for the following spaces:

  • “Swim with the Sharks” An 18-foot-deep shark tank surrounds visitors as they walk through a sleek tunnel into the shark exhibit, viewing sharks from above and below. A ledge was created around the perimeter of the tank for visitors to “swim with the sharks.” This feature was interpreted by New Jersey health code officials as a “public beach” for purposes of water quality.
  • The “Jungle Land” exhibit for birds and small animals contains an 8-foot-deep pool for two hippos.
  • A third exhibit, a 50-foot “Ship Gallery,” includes small aquariums and jellyfish displays.

Major Program Spaces

  • Shark exhibit (750,000 gallons)
  • Hippo exhibit (72,000 gallons)
  • Touch pools (20,000 gallons)
  • Jellyfish and jewel tanks
  • Quarantine holding tanks

Life Support Systems

  • Sand filtration
  • Water temperature control
  • Ozone injection systems for disinfection
  • Foam fractionation for reduction of micro-particulates

Mechanical Systems

  • Piping and pumping systems
  • Fire protection
  • HVAC
  • Chilled water cooling
  • Complete building energy management system

Electrical Systems

  • Display and accent lighting
  • An electrical generator provides an emergency life support system to safe-guard the entire aquarium