Building World-Class Exhibits and Institutions

Industry

OVERVIEW

Whiting-Turner has managed construction in the cultural industry for decades. We have completed projects for museums, zoos and aquariums across the nation and understand the complexities of working on these sensitive projects. It is essential to consider the safety and wellbeing of building occupants and neighboring animals, as well as the preservation of artwork and artifacts. We bring the specific expertise to these projects to build high-quality, engaging exhibits that enhance each guest’s experience.

Museum

OVERVIEW

Museum and gallery construction is a complex undertaking with unique challenges that require a heightened sensitivity and approach beyond standard construction practices. World-class design is expected and embraced. Passion, flexibility and perseverance are essential. The highest priority is always the preservation and safety of the collection, staff and patrons.

Museum

EXPERTISE

These principles govern the entire construction process, as well as the following key elements:

  • Collaboration with museum stakeholders
  • Focus on unique materials and details
  • Assuring master craftsman quality
  • Exhibit coordination and construction
  • Maintaining security
  • Controlling dust
  • Isolating vibration
  • Managing material off-gassing
  • Maintaining stringent environmental controls

Zoos and Aquariums

OVERVIEW

The animals lie at the heart of any zoo or aquarium project. Their happiness, health and protection are paramount in maximizing the patron experience. Engaging a partner who truly understands this relationship is essential in successfully delivering any zoo or aquarium project. Ultimately, this enables each visitor to engage with the animals from the farthest reaches of our world.

Zoos and Aquariums

EXPERTISE

Considering each institutions’ vision and mission allows Whiting-Turner to customize its approach to each of the following:

  • Adherence to Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) regulations and requirements
  • Incorporating complex life support systems and controls
  • Coordinating interactive exhibits
  • Managing theming and rockwork
  • Creating proper habitat conditions and vegetation
  • Procurement specialty glass/acrylic, netting and containment systems
  • Minimizing construction impact to guest experience
  • Developing animal-friendly protocols and thresholds for each construction activity

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Museums, Zoos and Aquariums National Leader
Christopher Moore
410-337-5702
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