See What People Are Saying About Tenji

L.L. Bean

L.L. Bean

Working with Tenji was a singularly gratifying experience and I would recommend them to anyone considering installing an aquarium. As construction partners, they worked extremely effectively and added value to every aspect of our project. They are a team of inspired designers and scientists that balance the need to deliver a great product on time with creating habitats that will sustain the species that inhabit them.

If the fish could speak, they would certainly shout, “Please let Tenji design our home!”

PJ O’Hanlon
Executive Director
L.L. Bean

Mystic Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium

There were many considerations given the sheer size and scope of this project. The tanks and filtration system that Tenji designed and built for the Milne Center for Ocean Science and Conservation are the foundation of the 6,000 square foot research facility with Life Support Systems for a wide range of marine animals. Tenji’s innovative approach to design enabled us to maximize space to accommodate every piece of precision equipment required for this state of the art research facility. Tenji’s Rapid Design Process made the entire design and build process completely seamless.

Keith Sorensen
SVP, Facilities and Capital Projects
Mystic Aquarium

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

A quick note of thanks to the entire Tenji team! From the initial conceptual discussions with Bob at Padilla Bay two years ago, through the design, manufacture, and installation of the touch pool, this has been an A+ project. We are extremely pleased with the whole process (especially under challenging global circumstances) and the finished product. Austin and Lauren did a fantastic job with the LSS installation, and also on my system operations training. Our entire staff is very excited about the educational opportunities made possible by our new touch pool. I certainly hope to work with the Tenji team again in the future.

Mark Olson
Facilities Manager
Padilla Bay Reserve

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Out of everything I was juggling in our production budget, Tenji was the only budget number that I never worried about. Tenji created a vision for eliminating our front steps, having a ground floor entrance, adding a two-story glass atrium, and modernizing the whole building to make it more friendly, more appealing, and much more accessible. The original design from Bob is exactly what is standing there today. I don’t think we made any changes to Bob’s vision for the exterior of the building, or for the aquarium. It was that good right from the start. I always felt like we were working with friends and partners. Everybody was trying to do the very best thing for the museum at all times.

Dorrie Hipschman
Executive Director
National Shell Museum

Nicandri Nature Center

Nicandri Nature Center

The system is rock solid for us, and the animals are doing great. Once we got the system established, it’s so solid at filtering that we are able to keep a high bioload. The waste loads from just our turtles is ridiculous, and we have no trouble at all. The water is crystal clear. Everyone asks how often we have to scrub it, which we really don’t. 

We absolutely love the tanks. They are such a focal point, and they have really influenced the minds of our visitors. People want to stand around the tanks and talk to us about what they are seeing. As an educational tool, they are working phenomenally well. We wanted exhibits like the pond, that people didn’t just walk by and glance at. We wanted them to stay and look for stuff in it and really focus, and we definitely got that from Tenji.

Tracy Thomas
Executive Director
Nicandri Nature Center

Steinhart Aquarium

Steinhart Aquarium

The Tenji team are problem solvers. For an endeavor the size, scope, and complexity of the California Academy of Sciences’ project, there were daily changes that Tenji was able to meet with creativity and speed. When issues arose, they regularly dove into tackling them.

We endorse Tenji for providing superior product, up-to-the-minute communication, sincere relations, well-calculated risk assessment, and the commitment to make it work right and look great the first time around. I encourage you to consider them for your live exhibits.

Christopher Andrews, Ph.D.
Director
Steinhart Aquarium

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Tenji has provided outstanding service to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in the setup, start-up, animal husbandry, and staff training aspects of our schooling tank and associated life support system.

I highly recommend Tenji for their knowledgeable, customer-oriented service.

Alan D. Lishness
Chief Innovation Officer
Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Sitka Sound Science Center

Sitka Sound Science Center

Working with Tenji was a great experience. The process of exhibit development was just as satisfying as the final product itself. Our exhibit fits our facility and our community perfectly.

The Tenji team is smart, creative, clever, and a lot of fun. They have the ideal combination of creativity and practical experience that gave us a lot of confidence in the final product.

Lisa Busch
Executive Director
Sitka Sound Science Center

Rhodes/Dahl

Rhodes/Dahl

Tenji stands out in the aquarium LSS design and construction industry because they build things correctly the first time. Unfortunately, there are many outfits out there that tempt clients with unreasonably attractive bids, which leave the final project with holes and errors that end up being far more expensive to fix after the fact.

Tenji provides robust, turnkey systems that are installed on time and on budget.

Linda Rhodes and Victoria Dahl
Principals
Rhodes/Dahl

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

The creative team at Tenji helped us produce a beautiful and extremely popular stingray touch exhibit. Our “Stingray Cove” project was completed on time and under budget. Tenji staff’s customer service and friendly guidance throughout the entire project was exemplary.

Neil Allen
Aquatic Animal Curator
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Canadian Museum of Nature (Musée Canadien de la nature)

Canadian Museum of Nature (Musée Canadien de la nature)

It is with pleasure that I write on behalf of the Canadian Museum of Nature with thanks to you and your staff for a job very well done. The opening this May of the museum’s new RBC Blue Water Gallery was a critical success. We have received abundant positive feedback from both the public and our key stakeholders to date on the gallery and expect high visitation through the summer.

Without question, the most popular feature of this 8,000 square foot gallery is the river aquarium you and your staff so skillfully designed, built, and installed. Tenji’s role as the prime contractor for this component was key to the gallery’s success and your staff should be appropriately proud of their contribution

Jonathan Ferrabee
Senior Designer
Canadian Museum of Nature (Musée Canadien de la nature)

Dennis Aquarium

Dennis Aquarium

Working with Tenji on the design, implementation, and maintenance of my planted freshwater aquarium has been an incredible experience. The project was done on time, on budget, and has resulted in an aquarium that could be on display anywhere. Not only are they professional and knowledgeable, but they possess the ethics, integrity, and capability to be very successful.

I recommend them without reservation.

Steve Dennis
Owner
Dennis Aquarium

Cabrillo High School Aquarium

Cabrillo High School Aquarium

I wanted to let you know how personally impressed I was with how the LSS installation went. I think the consensus is that it could not have gone any smoother and I heard comments from our HVAC and electrical folks that also were very complimentary of your team. Lauren, Brian, and Austin all were so friendly and professional. I appreciated how much they solicited our input, while also making suggestions that will help improve our operations. It was wonderful seeing how willing they were to interact with our students and they allowed us all to pick their brains. You folks already have a great reputation, and this experience exceeded my expectations.

Chris Ladwig
Science Teacher
Cabrillo High School Aquarium