Grand Junction firm enables Under sea views

Diners at Under enjoy a view of the marine life in the North Sea off the coast of Norway thanks to a 36-foot wide acrylic panel manufactured by Reynolds Polymer Technology in Grand Junction. (Photo courtesy Ivar Kvaal)
Diners at Under enjoy a view of the marine life in the North Sea off the coast of Norway thanks to a 36-foot wide acrylic panel manufactured by Reynolds Polymer Technology in Grand Junction. (Photo courtesy Ivar Kvaal)

A Grand Junction company has manufactured and installed an acrylic panel in the largest underwater restaurant in the world.

Reynolds Polymer Technology made the panel for Under, a newly opened gourmet restaurant in Lindesnes on the southern tip of Norway. At 36-feet wide and
13-feet tall, the panel affords diners a view of life in the North Sea.

Located on the coast, the restaurant slopes into the sea. The dining room of the restaurant is located about 17 feet below the surface of the water. With a capacity for 100 guests, Under is billed as the largest underwater restaurant in the world.

“Reynolds is overwhelmingly proud and excited to be involved with this groundbreaking concept that promotes the beauty and wonder of this region,” said Mark Johnson, vice president of global sales and marketing.

Stig Ubostad, co-founder of Under, said he wanted to partner with experts in building the restaurant. “Reynolds Polymer Technology was able to take a uniquely complex project and engineer an acrylic masterpiece that could not only withstand the rugged undersea conditions and incredible water pressure, but provide a once-in-a-lifetime perspective and experience for our diners.”

Johnson said the project at Under is the latest for a company that’s manufactured acrylic panels for the largest aquariums in the world as well as other water attractions, architectural features and scientific instruments. Those projects include the 50-foot-tall AquaDom aquarium in a Berlin hotel, the Sky Pool clear acrylic swimming pool spanning two 10-story buildings in London and
LUX-ZEPLIN experiment in South Dakota to detect dark matter.

“What separates Reynolds from the competition is our engineering and full-service capacities to truly build the impossible,” Johnson said. “Under is a foremost illustration of the distinctive and revolutionary ideas that Reynolds Polymer is able to dream up and manufacture across the globe. Our renowned process and expert reputation have preceded us for 30 years and allows our talent to construct elaborate projects that set the standard for acrylic in a variety of industries.”