What influences or guides the design?

Many factors influence the design. We consider esthetics, durability, maintenance, building costs and methods, materials, acoustics, ergonomic needs, sanitization, and environmental sustainability. These design constraints require research and thoughtful consideration.

For example, to design for ergonomics we must consider our audience, which spans birth to adults. A toddler’s height, reach range and physical capability is vastly different from a 9 year old’s and even more so than an adult caregiver that will also use the exhibits. We also follow Universal Design principles so our facility and exhibits are usable by all people, regardless of age, disability or other factors. This adds an added level of complexity but the reward of engaging ALL visitors is worth the investment!