The safety of our Guests and Team Members is our top priority, which is why we’ve made investments to implement the most effective, science-backed cleaning technologies and protocols available today.
We’ve made many changes to incorporate redundant layers of cleaning procedures – some you can see, some are done behind-the-scenes. What hasn’t changed is the immersive and inspiring experience waiting for you at Chihuly Garden and Glass.
NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND PROCESSES
Safe Air is achieved through three primary focuses: air flow and circulation, air sanitation and filtration, and air quality monitoring. Chihuly Garden and Glass uses multiple layers of air safety technology and continually monitors indoor air quality.
Air Flow and Circulation
One of the most important elements of safe air is good air flow and circulation. Indoor air at Chihuly Garden and Glass has both high velocity (air speed or cubic feet per minute) as well as circulation (the displacement and replacement of fresh air) through the design and flow of our air handling systems. Indoor air at Chihuly Garden and Glass changes over at least six times per hour and in some spaces up to 13 times per hour – well above the recommended industry standards. When combined with our MERV 13 and HEPA filtration systems, this helps us achieve outstanding air quality throughout the entirety of the property. Guests can also enjoy 100% fresh air throughout the outdoor Garden, Art Plaza, and Arbor.
Air Sanitation and Filtration
Powerful UV-C light works behind-the-scenes to clean the air as it changes over through the air-handling HVAC system. This is the same technology hospitals have used for decades to reduce and eliminate viruses and bacteria. UV-C light is recently proven to kill coronaviruses, and studies show that UV-C can have a first pass kill rate exceeding 95% for airborne pathogens and microorganisms. Beyond the ultra-violet light sanitation, indoor air is also treated with a minimum of two types of filtration systems – MERV 13 and HEPA filters – which are proven to capture airborne pathogens.
Air Quality Monitoring
The indoor air is constantly monitored to ensure its quality and safety. Chihuly Garden and Glass has air quality monitoring devices throughout the experience, which log key metrics that contribute to the indoor air quality index (AQI). We track one of the best early indicators of indoor air quality, Carbon Dioxide (C02). We also track other important metrics such as humidity, temperature, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and the levels of fine airborne particulates like wildfire smoke. These key factors allow us to continually monitor the movement of air within our interior spaces, in addition to fine tuning our filtration efficacy.
Efficacious and Safe Cleaning
Clean, safe surfaces are just one of the layers of our Elevating Clean program. Team Members frequently disinfect touchable surfaces and restrooms all day using the Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant from EcoLab. Approved for use by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this product provides more intense cleaning – eliminating viruses in as little as 45 seconds – while being safe for Guests and Team Members.
Overnight we employ an additional deeper layer of surface disinfection. Using the Protexus PX00ES, a battery-powered electrostatic sprayer, a nontoxic cleanser is atomized throughout all spaces. Containing no VOCs, these magnetically-charged particles are drawn to surfaces, including hard-to-reach places, and can kill 99.99% of bacteria and viruses.
Vaccinations and Screening
With more than 95% of our Team Members fully vaccinated, Chihuly Garden and Garden implemented an additional layer of precaution by requiring all Team Members to take a COVID antigen test on a regular basis (at least twice weekly).
Touch Less + Card & Digital Payments Only
Chihuly Garden and Glass is now cashless. For anyone without a credit or debit card, free cash-to-card machines are available on-site. There is no cost to get a card, and there are no fees to use the card, which can be used inside and outside of the Exhibition.
We’ve also significantly reduced the number of surfaces Guests will touch. In fact, it’s possible to have an entirely touchless experience during your visit, especially if you purchase your tickets online.
Buy Tickets Online + Timed Ticketing
For the most seamless experience, purchase tickets online before arriving. Tickets can be scanned on your phone or mobile device, and by purchasing for a specific arrival time, you can avoid the ticketing line and head directly to the entrance.
Redundant Layers of Clean
Read above for more details about the protocols and equipment aimed at keeping everyone healthy throughout Chihuly Garden and Glass:
State-of-the-art UV-C light technologies play an important role in our new cleaning procedures.
UV-C light is powerful. It has been found to effectively kill bacteria and viruses, which is why hospitals have used it for many years to disinfect patient rooms, ICUs, and operating rooms.
This technology creates redundant layers of clean throughout Chihuly Garden and Glass, including:
- Air Handling Systems: SLX UV-C lamps clean the air with powerful light. Installed in the HVAC systems , the EncapsuLamps™ UV-C light will not reach Guests or Team Members, but constantly destroys bacteria and viruses as the air circulates. UV-C light is proven to kill the coronavirus, and studies show that UV-C light can exceed a 95% first path kill rate of airborne pathogens.
- Floor-to-Ceiling Cleaning: The Surfacide® Helios® UV Light Disinfecting Systems are portable UV-C machines used overnight. Remote-operated via a tablet for safety, the powerful UV-C light cleans and disinfects the air and surfaces in spaces using a laser map. Hospitals also use similar machines to assist with deep-cleaning.
Portable EnviroKlenz Air Systems are located throughout Chihuly Garden and Glass. The systems were originally designed, and still used today, by the US military. Using a combination of earth minerals, including Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, HEPA filtration, and UV-C light, EnviroKlenz systems remove 99.9% of bacteria and viruses in the space around them.
MERV 13 filters are placed in the air handling units. These filters work to capture viruses while allowing the HVAC systems to change the air at least six times per hour.
We’ve developed our Elevating Clean procedures using scientifically-backed equipment and protocols to deliver as safe an experience as possible for Guests and Team Members. The work doesn’t stop there, though. Our team continually audits the experience to ensure everything is working as it should, while staying informed about new technologies and policies for the most up-to-date procedures possible.