March 27th, 2014 by Pete
Posted in Taylor Thoughts

I was asked this question last week by our marketing manager. I, however, do not differentiate between what makes a great nature center exhibit, and say, what makes a great science center or art exhibit. A great exhibit always manifests the same characteristic regardless of its topic, budget, housing, designer, or popularity. A great exhibit presents a concept and imposes it upon my active consciousness. Read the rest of this entry »


March 21st, 2014 by Ryan
Posted in Being Green

For every cutting edge new building, there are ten museums and nature centers that inhabit an older location. Sustainability isn’t limited to organizations with new construction, though, and there are many examples of green features that can be added to existing buildings. In many cases, the limitations of buildings with character and history inspire creative solutions to integrating sustainability. Here are four museums that have greened their existing buildings with an eye on cutting costs, helping the environment, and teaching visitors about sustainable choices. Read the rest of this entry »


March 20th, 2014 by Grant
Posted in How To

The purpose of this guide is to inform and educate clients managing a new exhibit project that includes human figures.  The fabrication of lifecast figures requires significantly more decisions and approvals than a typical component we fabricate.  Should the figure be full color or monochromatic?  Will the clothing be natural or hard coated?  Will the figure be lifecast or sculpted? What are the crucial approval points?  Over the next several months I’ll be posting additional information regarding starting fabrication, figure fabrication, assembly, and paint/theming. Read the rest of this entry »


March 18th, 2014 by Betty

Exhibit Planning/Strategic Planning

Exhibit planning is like strategic planning:

  • sets priorities
  • ensures that the team is moving towards common goals
  • outlines the intended outcomes/results
  • sets timelines and budgets
  • describes who you serve and why
  • describes tactics/actions needed to get there

Effective planning articulates where you are going, how you are going to get there, and what it will look like when you get there.  It’s a disciplined effort that guides the team and stakeholders to move in a defined direction. Read the rest of this entry »


March 14th, 2014 by Brant

Why Scheduling Delays Costs More Anyone who has been involved with a museum exhibit design-build project knows that this process can take many months or, more likely, even years to complete.  During this time, numerous items can delay the installation of an exhibit.  There can be building delays, renovation delays, funding delays, contractual negotiating delays, bureaucratic paperwork delays, approval process delays, or even delays caused by Mother Nature herself.  These delays could be days, months, or sometimes years.  When items like these do happen, the project manager negotiates a new schedule.   However, dates are not the only thing that might change. Read the rest of this entry »

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