In all cases, having some sort of aquarium reduced blood pressure. Interestingly enough, greater reduction in blood pressure occurred when there were fish in the tank, vs pleasingly decorated, but fishless, tanks. Even watching a video tape of fish has been proven to have therapeutic effects. Seniors who were provided with an aquarium filled with fish had significant blood pressure reduction.

Watching fish has been shown to calm children who suffer from hyperactivity disorder. Dental patients who were subjected to hypnosis vs. an aquarium experienced the same or greater benefit from the aquarium. Other studies have shown that dental patients required less pain medication after having watched fish in the office. It’s little wonder that physician offices, dental clinics, and even waiting rooms for counselors have traditionally kept an aquarium in the waiting room.

Gazing at the movement of fish reduces stress, relaxes the mind and makes every day problems seem less aggravating. The movement of the fish is almost hypnotic, putting you in a trance similar to meditation.

Studies have shown that seniors who have Alzheimer’s experience a variety of health benefits from watching an aquarium. Alzheimer patients ate more, and required fewer supplements after an aquarium was placed in the dining room. They also exhibited less physically aggressive behaviors.

Virtually any aquarium, from large to small, will have a benefit. A large aquarium is great, but if space is limited, a mini-aquarium will do.

Aquarium

 

Our engineering staff can provide innovative designs in nearly any shape for capacities of 100 to over 100,000 gallons. Our acrylic bonds are museum quality and virtually invisible. Specialty setups are one of our main strengths, giving you an opportunity to be as creative with your one-of-a-kind aquarium as you wish. So whether you wish to have your aquarium built into your wall, floor, or being suspended in the air, Aqua Design Group makes it possible.

 

We offer conceptual design along with Themed Environments to any aquarium design, scaled mock-ups of artificial reefs can be provided. Technology has advanced aquarium systems to include automation along with remote accessibility.

 

We also offer project management and supervision, as well as turnkey systems to aquarium service companies worldwide.

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The relaxing sound and sight of water has been appreciated for centuries. As a popular accent of choice in many designs, water effects can transform ordinary spaces into captivating environments. In addition, they also provide a natural air purifier, a humidification system, and an essential connection to nature.

Studies have found that variations in sounds produced by water can affect your level of relaxation. Consistent bass sounds are relaxing enough to lower your blood pressure and improve your mental health. Further research has shown that sounds emitted from a water feature can also help to reduce unwanted noise levels, increase creative productivity, reduce stress, and accelerate healing processes. Therefore, a water feature is a perfect addition in the creation of a serene atmosphere or a creative space even in the busiest of cities.

As well as providing benefits through sound and aesthetics, water features act as highly effective air filtration systems. During warmer seasons, temperatures outside can be unbearable, and energy bills to run air conditioners can be high. The elemental properties of water allow for cooler temperatures in the summer, while also providing a pleasant humidity to the air during dry winter months. Through the natural convection of water in a variety of settings, energy costs can be significantly reduced and thermal comfort can be maintained.

To create an eco-friendly environment for your next project, consider a water feature by Aqua Design Group!

A dynamic information waterfall, with a mesmerizing sensory impact, that provides a unique way to display real-time information and deliver a stimulating consumer experience. A proprietary computer system and software synchronizes electromagnetic valves expelling single water drops on demand which result in a freely definable bit-map muster. In plain English: text, logos, images and pattern can be seen in cascading water droplet. A catch basin and pump allows for the recycling of the water for minimum usage of this resource.

 

Installing a water feature adds property value, making your space stand out. As an accent choice, reflecting pools, fountains and/or waterfalls provide an interesting backdrop for entertaining, while adding aesthetic appeal and transforming ordinary spaces into captivating environments. Not only this, the healing and health benefits of having a water feature have been appreciated for centuries.

Studies have found that the sight and sounds of water positively affect levels of relaxation. In today’s stressful world filled with pollution and jammed streets, relaxation can be hard to come by. With the help of a water feature, you can lower blood pressure, as well as improve mental and physical health.

Along with providing benefits through sound and aesthetics, water features can act as highly effective air filtration systems. During warmer seasons, temperatures outside can be unbearable. The elemental properties of water allow for cooler temperatures in the summer, while also providing a pleasant humidity to the air during dry winter months.

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The relaxing sound and sight of water has been appreciated for centuries. As a popular accent of choice in many designs, water effects can transform ordinary spaces into captivating environments. In addition, they also provide a natural air purifier, a humidification system, and an essential connection to nature.

Studies have found that variations in sounds produced by water can affect your level of relaxation. Consistent bass sounds are relaxing enough to lower your blood pressure and improve your mental health. Further research has shown that sounds emitted from a water feature can also help to reduce unwanted noise levels, increase creative productivity, reduce stress, and accelerate healing processes. Therefore, a water feature is a perfect addition in the creation of a serene atmosphere or a creative space even in the busiest of cities.

As well as providing benefits through sound and aesthetics, water features act as highly effective air filtration systems. During warmer seasons, temperatures outside can be unbearable, and energy bills to run air conditioners can be high. The elemental properties of water allow for cooler temperatures in the summer, while also providing a pleasant humidity to the air during dry winter months. Through the natural convection of water in a variety of settings, energy costs can be significantly reduced and thermal comfort can be maintained.

Preserved Green Wall

Aqua Design Group offers superior-quality, one-of-a-kind vertical walls using preserved plants. We are the leader in preserved wall garden design with over 12 years of experience. Aqua Design Group know-how and proprietary technology has been continuously improved to obtain an exclusive and reliable product.

Wall gardens are made from plants that go through a patented preservation process, keeping their color, texture & vitality bright, ensuring their impact is long lasting. The preservation process allows us to create a unique product that combines the best of two worlds: The unique beauty of a natural plant combined with the durability to last up to 7 Years!

Aqua Design Group wall gardens are perfect for indoor environments and do not require natural lighting or maintenance. Our wall gardens are handcrafted by knowledgeable Aqua Design Group technicians using the highest quality materials that conform to all US building requirements and regulations. All plants and signage are attached by hand to ensure high quality results, made to order, creating a lasting impression using the beauty of nature. Our work is fully customizable and can be found at some of the most prestigious buildings in New York City and all around the world.

  • Maintenance Free
    Aqua Design Group uses a proprietary technique to replace sap with natural preservatives that maintain plants’ flexibility and natural color for many years.
  • Water Free
    Our preserved plants do not require any water. They are water efficient especially when compared to the irrigation system required for live wall gardens.
  • Light Free
    Aqua Design Group Gardens do not require direct exposure to sunlight.
  • Soil Free
    Our preserved plants do not have any roots and they are soilless.

 

7 years guaranteed! Maintenance Free, Water Free, Light Free & Soil Free

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Consulting

 

If you are a contractor, architect or someone who is interested in the technical process of we do at Aqua Design Group, here is more information that will give you an insight into how are company handles each project.

 

Conceptual Design
  • Provides input as to the appropriate use of the water element in the space being considered for the feature/concept.
  • Provides images of different types of effects or water displays that could be used in the conceptual design.
  • Helps to determine the role of the feature in the overall arrangement of the space, taking into account environmental factors, spatial constraints and existing structures or artwork.
  • Assists in setting the feature basins to maximize the visual impact of the water feature while taking into consideration the use of the space and public interaction.
  • Provides complete conceptual design based on the requirements of the project.
  • Provides Schematic Design Drawings.
  • Provides components and narrative of each design.

Design Development
  • Further develops and delineates the water effects to provide some definition of size, quantity and scale for the purpose of sizing the equipment and hydraulic systems.
  • Determines the appropriate lighting methods for the water display elements.
  • Brings definition to the pool, basins and feature profiles in order to access the impact on the surrounding architecture or landscape.
  • Provides preliminary determination of the equipment space required to support the water display and pool volume, as well as its relationship to the pools.
  • Leads discussions pertaining to water quality and public health issues related to water features as well as maintenance burdens to be expected.
  • Provides discussion on maintenance as design progresses.
  • Discusses the operational constraints with respect to wind, splash and noise.
  • Begins discussions with other consultants whose work is affected by the water features, i.e., structural, civil, architectural, landscape, lighting and Mechanical Engineering & Plumbing (MEP).

Budget Analysis
  • Assists in providing budgetary guidelines based on the apparent size of the feature.
  • Provides cost estimate of all water feature components and equipment.
  • Further develops cost estimates based on the design.

Mock Ups
  • The mock-ups incorporate the materials being considered as possible finishes and characteristic of the feature is tested – from water flow to jet performance to lighting effects. The process helps steer the design development and importantly, allows our clients to visualize their feature and experience how it will work.

Construction Documents
  • Provides final piping plan coordinated with civil, MEP & landscape or architecture and showing point of connection for supporting utilities.
  • Finalizes details for all pool hardware and fittings, both in context with the installation and fabrication details.
  • Finalizes details for controls such as wind anemometers and water level sensors.
  • Completes details of the equipment spaces to scale and showing actual structural elements that affects the routing of the piping.
  • Provides hydraulic schematic showing pipe sizes and instrumentation (PID drawing).
  • Provides electrical plans and schematics for the lighting, equipment and controls.
  • Reviews other trades’ work to determine compatibility with the fountain work.
  • Provides specifications.

Coordination of Trades

One of the most important issues during design is the proper coordination of all disciplines as they relate to the fountain. Often these issues are overlooked and surface as RFI and/or change order requests by the contractors, leading to higher installation costs. Remember, someone has to organize and coordinate the following items with the other consultants, which may or may not be in their scope:

Structural:

The structural engineer (or sometimes the civil) will have to detail the fountain basins, underground equipment vaults or slabs (if used), penetrations through footings, slabs and beams.

  • If the fountain is very large, the structural engineer has to detail expansion joints and consider the placement and specification of waterstops at all cold joints.
  • If the concrete is to be inherently waterproof, the structural engineer should write a Division 3 specification for waterproof concrete.

Civil:

  • The civil engineer will be responsible for bringing the water, sewer storm water connections to the fountain or equipment vault if the entire project is outside. The points of connection to the fountain contractor’s work should be agreed upon and shown on the drawings.
  • Backflow prevention for the water supply has to be considered, as most municipalities will now allow a back flow preventer to be installed in an underground vault.

Landscape Architecture:

  • The landscape architect will be responsible for sighting the fountain if it is outside, as well as detailing the pools and finishes. This requires an understanding of materials to be used in submerged conditions.
  • The landscape architect should show waterstops on their drawings to make sure they are included.
  • The finishes are specified by the landscape architect and should be coordinated with the fountain hardware.
    Grading in and around the fountain has to be worked out so that the fountain can properly drain and so that storm events do not carry debris into the fountain.

MEP:

  • If the fountain or equipment space is inside, the MEP engineer has to bring water, sewer and power to the fountain equipment.
  • Ventilation and heating of the equipment space will have to be considered by the MEP engineer.
  • Power supplies to the fountain equipment should be coordinated and points of connection shown on the drawings.

Waterproofing:

Waterproofing is always the one thing that gets left off or ignored by most disciplines, hoping that someone else is doing it. In the absence of a waterproofing consultant, waterproofing of a fountain can be accomplished in a number of ways.

  • Integral to the concrete: With admixtures and higher compressive strength pours, concrete can be made waterproof. This would put the scope within the structural engineer’s work.
  • Topical application: Depending on which kind of product is used, the concrete is coated with material to make it watertight. The product can be either fluid-applied or cementitious. If fluid-applied material is used, its compatibility with the methods of attachment for the finishes must be considered. This scope is usually under the architect, landscape architect or structural engineer.
  • Topical application, part of grouting system: Some manufacturers have complete systems to waterproof basins that work with a waterproofing material, a leveling bed and a mortar and grout system for the finishes. This scope is under the architect or landscape architect responsible for the finishes.

Overseeing Construction/Installation

One of the items that is most overlooked is construction observation by the feature consultant during the process of building the project. We encourage our continued involvement during construction to determine that the work is proceeding as designed and is of the quality required for the longevity of the fountain. We suggest visits to the site for critical phase inspections including the following:

  • Piping and hardware inspection prior to backfilling or pouring concrete.
  • Inspection of equipment space layout during construction.
  • Inspection of finishes.
  • Final commissioning.
  • Coordination of various trades involved.

Important Information About Our Features

Efficiency and Reduction of Costs

All of our features are custom made and self-contained. They incorporate all the necessary mechanical and electrical components and connections. Our water features are designed in a way to reduce the cost of onsite labor and coordination meetings. All the various trades involved are minimized for efficiency. The design approach we use eliminates scheduling confusion associated with coordinating multiple trades on conventional water feature construction. Water features that are built this way are more reliable, faster to install, easier to maintain and have less liability.

Pre-Fabricated and Shop Tested

Aqua Design Group pre-fabricates and pre-tests features in our factory before shipment. The features are made using engineering principals and various materials, such as stainless steel, copper and glass with various desired finishes. All of the vessels are welded to be water tight and undergo a 24 hour hydro-test.

ADG designs and manufactures UL listed mechanical operating systems which come pre-plumbed, pre-wired, and pre-tested from our factory to reduce the probability of job site problems and installation delays. Each system can be configured to custom fit your installation requirements such as mechanical equipment rooms, underground vaults, or submersible applications.

 

Consulting

 

If you are a contractor, architect or someone who is interested in the technical process of we do at Aqua Design Group, here is more information that will give you an insight into how are company handles each project.

 

Conceptual Design
  • Provides input as to the appropriate use of the water element in the space being considered for the feature/concept.
  • Provides images of different types of effects or water displays that could be used in the conceptual design.
  • Helps to determine the role of the feature in the overall arrangement of the space, taking into account environmental factors, spatial constraints and existing structures or artwork.
  • Assists in setting the feature basins to maximize the visual impact of the water feature while taking into consideration the use of the space and public interaction.
  • Provides complete conceptual design based on the requirements of the project.
  • Provides Schematic Design Drawings.
  • Provides components and narrative of each design.

Design Development
  • Further develops and delineates the water effects to provide some definition of size, quantity and scale for the purpose of sizing the equipment and hydraulic systems.
  • Determines the appropriate lighting methods for the water display elements.
  • Brings definition to the pool, basins and feature profiles in order to access the impact on the surrounding architecture or landscape.
  • Provides preliminary determination of the equipment space required to support the water display and pool volume, as well as its relationship to the pools.
  • Leads discussions pertaining to water quality and public health issues related to water features as well as maintenance burdens to be expected.
  • Provides discussion on maintenance as design progresses.
  • Discusses the operational constraints with respect to wind, splash and noise.
  • Begins discussions with other consultants whose work is affected by the water features, i.e., structural, civil, architectural, landscape, lighting and Mechanical Engineering & Plumbing (MEP).

Budget Analysis
  • Assists in providing budgetary guidelines based on the apparent size of the feature.
  • Provides cost estimate of all water feature components and equipment.
  • Further develops cost estimates based on the design.

Mock Ups
  • The mock-ups incorporate the materials being considered as possible finishes and characteristic of the feature is tested – from water flow to jet performance to lighting effects. The process helps steer the design development and importantly, allows our clients to visualize their feature and experience how it will work.

Construction Documents
  • Provides final piping plan coordinated with civil, MEP & landscape or architecture and showing point of connection for supporting utilities.
  • Finalizes details for all pool hardware and fittings, both in context with the installation and fabrication details.
  • Finalizes details for controls such as wind anemometers and water level sensors.
  • Completes details of the equipment spaces to scale and showing actual structural elements that affects the routing of the piping.
  • Provides hydraulic schematic showing pipe sizes and instrumentation (PID drawing).
  • Provides electrical plans and schematics for the lighting, equipment and controls.
  • Reviews other trades’ work to determine compatibility with the fountain work.
  • Provides specifications.

Coordination of Trades

One of the most important issues during design is the proper coordination of all disciplines as they relate to the fountain. Often these issues are overlooked and surface as RFI and/or change order requests by the contractors, leading to higher installation costs. Remember, someone has to organize and coordinate the following items with the other consultants, which may or may not be in their scope:

Structural:

The structural engineer (or sometimes the civil) will have to detail the fountain basins, underground equipment vaults or slabs (if used), penetrations through footings, slabs and beams.

  • If the fountain is very large, the structural engineer has to detail expansion joints and consider the placement and specification of waterstops at all cold joints.
  • If the concrete is to be inherently waterproof, the structural engineer should write a Division 3 specification for waterproof concrete.

Civil:

  • The civil engineer will be responsible for bringing the water, sewer storm water connections to the fountain or equipment vault if the entire project is outside. The points of connection to the fountain contractor’s work should be agreed upon and shown on the drawings.
  • Backflow prevention for the water supply has to be considered, as most municipalities will now allow a back flow preventer to be installed in an underground vault.

Landscape Architecture:

  • The landscape architect will be responsible for sighting the fountain if it is outside, as well as detailing the pools and finishes. This requires an understanding of materials to be used in submerged conditions.
  • The landscape architect should show waterstops on their drawings to make sure they are included.
  • The finishes are specified by the landscape architect and should be coordinated with the fountain hardware.
    Grading in and around the fountain has to be worked out so that the fountain can properly drain and so that storm events do not carry debris into the fountain.

MEP:

  • If the fountain or equipment space is inside, the MEP engineer has to bring water, sewer and power to the fountain equipment.
  • Ventilation and heating of the equipment space will have to be considered by the MEP engineer.
  • Power supplies to the fountain equipment should be coordinated and points of connection shown on the drawings.

Waterproofing:

Waterproofing is always the one thing that gets left off or ignored by most disciplines, hoping that someone else is doing it. In the absence of a waterproofing consultant, waterproofing of a fountain can be accomplished in a number of ways.

  • Integral to the concrete: With admixtures and higher compressive strength pours, concrete can be made waterproof. This would put the scope within the structural engineer’s work.
  • Topical application: Depending on which kind of product is used, the concrete is coated with material to make it watertight. The product can be either fluid-applied or cementitious. If fluid-applied material is used, its compatibility with the methods of attachment for the finishes must be considered. This scope is usually under the architect, landscape architect or structural engineer.
  • Topical application, part of grouting system: Some manufacturers have complete systems to waterproof basins that work with a waterproofing material, a leveling bed and a mortar and grout system for the finishes. This scope is under the architect or landscape architect responsible for the finishes.

Overseeing Construction/Installation

One of the items that is most overlooked is construction observation by the feature consultant during the process of building the project. We encourage our continued involvement during construction to determine that the work is proceeding as designed and is of the quality required for the longevity of the fountain. We suggest visits to the site for critical phase inspections including the following:

  • Piping and hardware inspection prior to backfilling or pouring concrete.
  • Inspection of equipment space layout during construction.
  • Inspection of finishes.
  • Final commissioning.
  • Coordination of various trades involved.

Important Information About Our Features

Efficiency and Reduction of Costs

All of our features are custom made and self-contained. They incorporate all the necessary mechanical and electrical components and connections. Our water features are designed in a way to reduce the cost of onsite labor and coordination meetings. All the various trades involved are minimized for efficiency. The design approach we use eliminates scheduling confusion associated with coordinating multiple trades on conventional water feature construction. Water features that are built this way are more reliable, faster to install, easier to maintain and have less liability.

Pre-Fabricated and Shop Tested

Aqua Design Group pre-fabricates and pre-tests features in our factory before shipment. The features are made using engineering principals and various materials, such as stainless steel, copper and glass with various desired finishes. All of the vessels are welded to be water tight and undergo a 24 hour hydro-test.

ADG designs and manufactures UL listed mechanical operating systems which come pre-plumbed, pre-wired, and pre-tested from our factory to reduce the probability of job site problems and installation delays. Each system can be configured to custom fit your installation requirements such as mechanical equipment rooms, underground vaults, or submersible applications.