Shedd Aquarium Chicago

Shedd Aquarium Chicago

The business

Built atop what used to be a landfill site, the John G. Shedd Aquarium first opened its doors in May 1930. Today, it is one of the world's largest indoor aquariums, home to more than 32,000 aquatic creatures from around the world. In addition to its aquatic exhibits, Shedd hosts a variety of events - from weddings, to conferences, to large concerts. More than two million guests visit this historical landmark every year.

“We were very excited about Dyson's sound improvements around absorbing unpleasant frequencies with their new dB hand dryer”

Bob Wengel, Vice President of Facilities

Dyson Airblade white dB hand dryers on a wall

The problem

The John G. Shedd Aquarium had recently launched an ambitious five-year strategic sustainability plan that covers everything from water and energy management to animal diets. In an effort to reduce waste as part of this initiative. Shedd had removed paper towels from guest restrooms and installed hand dryers. Soon enough, they began experiencing issues: during large events in the Oceanarium, a three-million gallon saltwater re-creation of the Pacific Northwest coast, noise from the hand dryers would bleed out of the restrooms and disturb guests. In fact, Shedd had gone as far as to turn off the hand dryers for guests to dry their hands - negating their sustainability goals.

The solution

Dyson Airblade dB hand dryers.

Familiar with Airblade™ technology used in other Shedd restrooms, Robert Wengel, Vice President of Facilities, was excited to learn about Dyson's sound improvements with the Dyson Airblade dB hand dryer. Dyson engineers significantly reduced air rush noise and incorporated Helmholtz silencers to absorb the unpleasant frequencies produced by the motor, making the Dyson Airblade dB hand dryer 50% quieter. 9

Only Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers have all these benefits

  • Fast hand dryers icon


    Hands are dried in 12-14 seconds 7.

  • Most hygienic icon

    Most hygienic

    HEPA filters as standard.

  • Costs less to run icon

    Costs less to run

    Up to 69% less than
    other hand dryers.

  • Better for the environment icon

    Better for the environment

    Lower CO2 emissions,
    no paper waste.

  • 5 year warranty icon

    5 year limited warranty

    Parts and Labor.