OpenAire Retractable Roof Structure Makes New Zehnder’s Splash Village Expansion a Year-Round Attraction

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Frankenmuth Resort Offers 29,000 Square Feet of New Water Park Amusements in Any Weather

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OpenAire Inc., the world’s premier designer, manufacturer and installer of custom retractable roof structures and operable skylights, has completed a new retractable roof structure for Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Water Park in Frankenmuth, MI. The facility encloses 29,000 square feet of aquatic attractions, including a 70-foot high slide tower, and is a new addition to the popular tourist spot.

The resort, situated in the Bavarian Village of Frankenmuth, had offered a 20,000 square foot waterpark that drew thousands of tourists each year. However, the resort grew so popular that there was increased demand for a larger facility that could entertain older audiences.

In a previous statement, Zehnder’s Chairman and CEO Al Zehnder said, “We are very excited about giving our guests double the fun at Splash Village. Nine years ago we opened Splash Village with a 20,000 square foot water park.  The atrium water park is our new 29,000 square foot expansion that includes a retractable roof; an outdoor pool; two, six-story thrill rides; family cabanas and more.” The hotel was also expanded to accommodate even more guests at the year-round waterpark.

The retractable roof structure features a double slope roof measuring 126’x 207’ with sidewalls that are 33’-8” high, making it visible from miles around.  It also encloses a stair tower measuring 34’-o”x78’-7” with an eave height of 70’-0” to accommodate the park’s highest water slide.

“We build retractable roof structures for all types of projects from commercial to residential, but water parks are definitely a favorite,” says Mark Albertine, President and CEO of OpenAire Inc. “Not only do we have the opportunity to be incredibly creative in our designs, but our aluminum framing systems are well-suited to aquatic enclosures. They easily withstand moist, chemical aquatic atmospheres and are essentially maintenance-free.”

Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark is now the only water park in Michigan to feature a retractable roof. The maintenance-free, aluminum-framed structure with its unique retractable roof allows guests to enjoy an outdoor experience in the sunshine when the weather is warm, while still taking advantage of the waterslides and pools during the cold northern winters.

To learn more about OpenAire Inc.’s over 600 past projects and capabilities, visit  For more details on this project, please send an e-mail to OpenAire is currently exhibiting at the Big5 International Building and Construction Show, November 17-21, 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre at location 1E17. OpenAire is also exhibiting at IAAPA Attractions Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA, November 18-21, at booth #1837.


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