Calumet Visitor Center Project - 2010 Project Updates
NPS Photo / Dan Johnson
Additionally, all the windows have been reinstalled on the upper floors by J. Clark Construction Inc. of Hancock, Michigan as part of a separate window restoration project.
Also in August, park staff met with the exhibit design firm of the Office of Krister Olmon and reviewed the latest submission of the exhibit design, graphic layout and text. The exhibit team made the final selections of the artifacts that will be used in the exhibits. Staff provided comments to the exhibit design contractor on the text adn graphic layouts which will be revised and resubmitted to the park.
In other exhibit news, RBH Media continues to develop the treatment, scripts and content for the audio visual programs and features that will be components of the exhibits. Colorad signs and exhibits is currently developing construction drawings for the fabrication of the information desk, cooperating association sales fixtures and the reproduction of the Masonic stage on the third floor. International Mapping is developing the content for the three-dimensional map and interactive components that will also be part of the exhibit.
Members of the project team met with exhibit designer, Krister Olmon, May 3 & 4 to review copies of exhibit design that will be used for the fabrication bid solicitation.
RBH Multimedia, Inc. was awarded the contract for the design and fabrication of the audio visual and multimedia pieces of the exhibit. Members of the exhibit project team met with staff from RBH Multimedia May 3 through 6.
Color Ad Signs and Graphics was awarded the contract for construction of the visitor information desk, sales fixtures and the re-creation of the third floor stage mural. Staff from the park and Harpers Ferry Center meet with a representative of Color Ad May 25 & 26 to discuss the project.
Quinn Evans Architects will be submitting the final version of the construction drawings for the interior rehabilitation work in early March.
Project team staffed have reviewed and provided comment on the latest version of the exhibit design plan provided by the Office of Krister Olmon.
The Office of Krister Olmon continues to work on the final design of the exhibits. The Design Development II Plan was received by the park on Feburary 18. This plan finalizes most the major design elements of the exhibt. You can download an Adobe pdf of the plan (29 MB file). Still to come is the first draft of the exhibt text which will arrive in late March.
Another recent development is that the facility will be officially know as the Calumet Visitor Center. After reviewing suggestions and feedback provided by community members and park visitors in public meetings and small focus groups, this title was selected as the best to let visitors know the function and services available at the faciltiy. It will be used when identifying the facility on maps, in publications or on the web. The historic "Union Building" name will be incorporated in exhibits that explains the history and former function of the structure and possibly on window text that will advertise the interior exhibits.
Other Recent Developments
Also in December, the Office of Krister Olmon (OKO), the exhibit designer, received the Formative Evaluation report from Wells Resources, Inc. OKO has prepared an implementation plan for incorporating the recommendations of the Formative Evaluation Report into the final stages of the development of the exhibit design and content. OKO is preparing their next exhibit plan submittal which is due in mid February.
Did You Know?
Maggie Walz, a Finnish immigrant, worked as a domestic servant while attending night school to learn English. She eventually became a prominent business woman in Calumet. Maggie advocated for women's rights, organized a temperance society and assisted many in the Finnish community. More...