Kalahari Resort Aquatic Centre

  • Date
  • 2007
  • Location
  • United States, Sandusky, Ohio
  • Size
  • 2,567 m²
  • Sector
  • Aquatic, Leisure
  • Structure
  • Steel
  • Application
  • Roofs
  • Architect
  • Collins and Scoville Architects, PC


Kalahari Aquatic Resort is one of the largest water parks in North America. The African Safari themed park contains both indoor and outdoor water attractions, including a 28,000 square foot area covered by a transparent Texlon® ETFE cladding system.

The client wanted to create the warmth of the African jungle in the midst of the wintery climate of Ohio. With excellent insulation properties, the large wave pools, slides and jacuzzis within the transparent enclosure are kept at a desired temperature all year round. Texlon® ETFE possesses better insulating properties than comparable triple-glazed glass units. The high levels of light transmission and UV light transmission passing through the Texlon® system means that the occupants feel as if the are outside all year round – but at the same time they are protected from the elements in the colder seasons.


The combination of Texlon® supported by an elegant curved timber frame structure is truly beautiful. The lightweight Texlon® system offers tremendous advantages over traditional roofing systems in terms of energy savings, sound dispersion, lower structural costs and better light transmission.



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