March 21st, 2014 by
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. (more…)


March 20th, 2014 by

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. (more…)


March 14th, 2014 by

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. (more…)


February 27th, 2014 by
Posted in Eye on Design

Schematic Design SketchSo, you’re ready to create a new exhibit for your site. Congratulations! That realization is probably both exciting and daunting! There is a lot that goes into the planning, design, and implementation of an interpretive exhibit. Below, I list 12 steps to follow when creating a new exhibit. They will keep you on track as you move through the planning through celebration phases. (more…)


February 21st, 2014 by
Posted in Being Green

Green Sustainable Nature Center Exhibits Natural history exhibits used to be cases full of dead butterflies on pins. The visitor had the privilege of trying to decipher spidery, faded, handwritten labels giving only Latin names and no interpretation. In the past 50 years, exhibits have evolved tremendously, and now the visitor is the focus. Exhibits are based upon the visitor experience and how a message is communicated. Nature centers themselves have also evolved, leaving behind the wood paneled outbuildings and becoming well designed architectural showpieces. As the design of the building has become both more visible and intentional, clients have also sought out features that are sustainable. (more…)

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