Versatile materials benefit children at acclaimed learn-through-play environment.
As the old adage goes, “kids will be kids.” So when it came time to design a learn-through-play environment for children, building officials at Ontario Science Centre turned to resilient, durable materials that ensured the safety and comfort of the facility’s youngest participants.
“We needed a product that would stand up to heavy foot traffic, be easy to maintain and offer underfoot comfort,” says Elgin Cleckley, design coordinator, Ontario Science Centre. To support these requirements while still fostering a creative environment, centre officials installed a colorful and stimulating combination of nora® flooring. The coverings provide an eye-catching look while still withstanding heavy foot traffic. Ease of maintenance ensures that the floor stays looking new, keeping the public space beautiful for all generations that walk through it.
Initially opened in Toronto, Ontario, in 1969, the centre later embarked on a three-year, $47.5-million renovation project that supports their “Agents of Change” initiative. The facility doubled the size of KidSpark, a 16,000-square-foot area for children aged eight and under.
Once garnering international acclaim for its hands-on approach to science, the facility is in the spotlight again as it supports the mission of the interactive science museum. Ultimately, building officials sought to develop an exciting yet comforting atmosphere that encourages children to engage in thought-provoking experiences of science and technology. With a worry-free floor supporting their mission, the KidSpark environment continues to thrive.
To learn more, read our project brief about Ontario Science Centre.