Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Site Visit: Brookings Interpretive Center @ the Missouri Botanical Gardens

Kathy and Chris recently returned from a site visit to the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis! ALD is proud to have been recently hired as part of the JCo. team working to renovate the incredible Brookings Interpretive Center. The exhibits in the Center are being redone and updated to allow for greater flexibility. The Brookings Interpretive Center does a variety of events and exhibit themes each year aimed to educate visitors about the importance of plants and conservation.The Center emphasizes family-friendly and hands-on learning environments. The planned renovation will allow the space (and the lighting) to adapt to each different theme! Past exhibit themes include: Exploring Trees Inside and Out, EarthWays: Living the Green Life, DinoQuest: A Tropical Trek Through Time, TREEmendous and Plants and People: China.The photos from our recent site visit depict the current Nature in Your Neighborhood exhibit designed to open visitors' eyes to the plants that exist around them. This exhibit will be there though January 4, 2015.

The site visit is a very important part of the lighting design process. The visit allows everyone on the team to meet and collaborate in person. It also allows all the designers to take photos of the existing space to use as a reference during the next phase of the design process. The sooner the lighting designer is hired and involved in the process, the better the project is in the end! Being involved early allows the lighting designer to collaborate with the rest of the team from the beginning and to integrate the ground work and infrastructure for the lighting system into the interior design. This also helps keep costs down because interior work does not need to be redone or disturbed to add the lighting in later.

The renovations on the Brookings Interpretive Center are expected to be completed in 2016... we are excited to bring you updates on the project as it progresses and to see how incredible the space turns out to be once it's finished! Stay tuned!

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