We meet with you and your team, listen to you and ask questions. We get to know your site, your audience, your stakeholders and your budget. We do our research and hold workshops to clarify goals and messages and try out ideas. We listen.
Observing wildlife on a site
A site tour with the client team
Mining for stories
Mapping the features of a site
An interpretive site plan identifies the important stories to tell and suggests their locations
A brainstorming session with a client team
We begin to invent stories and vehicles that might deliver your messages in a compelling way. Outlines, sketches, rough models, bubble diagrams begin to appear. We review with you. We listen.
Beginning to address each of the interpretive elements of the project
Early sketches- Character begins to emerge
Early sketches call out features and show options
Sketches begin to illustrate the experience
Experimenting with an idea
Models and sketches explain an approach and illustrate options
An agreed-upon approach begins to be detailed and defined. We move from Schematic Design to Design Development and Construction Documents, each refining and documenting the design in greater detail, from the writing to the graphics, the media and the three- dimensional elements. Cost estimates are done at intervals throughout each stage, and exhibit specifications are produced for bidding and construction.
A detailed interpretive site plan defines in what all of the interpretive elements are and where they will be located
A detailed scale model captures all interpretive elements and gives the client a good sense of the look and feel of the finished experience
A detailed scale model of a walk- though recreation of the remains of a 200-year-old sawmill
A scale model of a multi-level exhibit experience
CAD drawings define the details of each interpretive element
Exploded view shows approach to fabrication
Spreadsheet defining all interpretive elements including graphics, copy and live animal habitats
We help you select a builder and, as required, any specialty fabricators or vendors. We monitor the entire process of fabrication, construction and installation to guarantee that the standards you expect are delivered. Or, as a licensed general contractor, we can build your project for you ourselves.
Installing StoryCorps, Chicago
Installation underway at UW- Madison’s new Signe Skott Cooper School of Nursing
Installing artifact cases at Signe Skott Cooper School of Nursing
Mammoth wrangling at Hidden Oaks Nature Center
Preparing to raise the new clock at Clark Devon Hardware
Installing the Learning Tree exhibit at Creek Bend Nature Center
A happy client at the completion of Signe Skott Cooper School of Nursing
Getting to know you
and your project
Refining +
the design
Building and installing
your project