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The National Aquarium, USA

Altro exhibit safety and design at a national level

Altro Suprema

The Living Seashore exhibit at The National Aquarium in Baltimore, USA, features many educational stations for guests to learn about sea life. Some of the experiences include digital boardwalk-style binoculars showing videos of animals in the exhibit and interactive touch screens to provide guests with in-depth information about animals in the exhibit. The main attractions of the exhibit are two large touchpools that allow guests to encounter one-on-one experiences with the animals. Featured touchpool marine life includes the Clearnose skate, Atlantic stingray, Horseshoe crab, Knobbed whelk and Moon jellyfish.

The National Aquarium looked to Altro for safety and ease of maintenance for the exhibit. Because of the touchpools, water will most likely be present, causing the potential for slips and falls to increase dramatically – A thin layer of water, just a tenth of a human hair’s thickness can prevent contact between shoe and floor. With high slip resistance values of PTV ≥36, Altro Suprema provides the aquarium patrons and employees enhanced safety.

Design Collective of Baltimore used the extensive colour palette of Altro Suprema to their advantage. Three different hues were selected to make the exhibit replicate the wondrous beaches and waters of the Mid-Atlantic seashore. The colours were used to mimic dry sand, wet sand and water. The progression of the flooring design ties into the exhibit’s environment as well. Stations made to look like a sunny beach use “dry sand” on the floor, then transitions into “wet sand” and finally “water” where the touchpools and stations about sea life are located. Overall, Allstate Floors of Jessup, Maryland installed a total of 320 m² of Altro Suprema at The National Aquarium.

Harnessing the latest design trends, Altro Suprema has been developed in consultation with colour consultants, architects and end users to create an up-to-date palette. Ideal for large, public spaces, one of its 40 shades will match the mood you want to create. Altro Suprema has the sustained slip resistance and durability you expect from an Altro safety floor, without compromising on aesthetics. It gives you the colours you need for the design freedom you desire.

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