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.
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.
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
Hands are dried in 12-14 seconds 7.
HEPA filters as standard.
Up to 69% less thanother hand dryers.
Lower CO2 emissions,no paper waste.
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