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New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium is one of Boston’s premier attractions. They wanted to introduce one of their African penguins to the public and needed a portable, air-conditioned viewing box that could be kept at 65 degrees. Anything below 50 or above 70 would be dangerous to the penguin, known as Roast Beef.

Cox Engineering fit a portable cooling unit into an existing viewing box. That was the easy part. Roast Beef was scheduled to appear at top tourist destinations throughout the summer, so how could we guarantee that his box would stay at 65 degrees, even when the outside temperature climbed to 95 or higher?

We devised a damper configuration that recirculated the cool air from inside the box directly back to the intake. We also installed a series of electronic microactuators and controls that would automatically adjust the dampers, ensuring that Roast Beef’s enclosure stayed at 65 degrees no matter how hot it got outside. And thus, the first Penguin Mobile was born.