The Cook Museum of Natural Science, located in Downtown, Decatur,is a nonprofit foundation with a mission to engage, excite and educate visitors of all ages about the natural world around them. It is a 62,000 square foot museum that focuses on the state of Alabama and its native wildlife and ecosystem. We were thrilled to be a part of this museum in many different ways. We played the roles of designer, fabricator, and installer in different areas of this very impressive museum. We designed and fabricated the “Know Before You Go” area that is located in the main entrance way of the museum. This area features a digital monitor, brochure holders, a display case, printed graphics and Wall Armor. We designed and fabricated the “Legacy of Love” exhibit which is a hallway exhibit that pays tribute to both the history of the museum as well as recognizes its dedicated donors. We are proud that we were chosen to fabricate and install the modular work tables and the window display in the “Maker Space” classroom. We also fabricated and installed sound dampening panels in this classroom. In the main Trek Exhibit, we think that patrons will find our fabrication and installation of the visually exciting exhibits to be near flawless. This project offered up many challenges and just as many rewards.
The goal of the museum was to reflect the character traits of a medal of honor recipient, so we knew this would be the guideline for our overall design process. Throughout the design phase, we sectioned the museum into focused areas of patriotism, citizenship, integrity, courage, sacrifice and commitment. You will find information pertaining to each of these traits within their specified areas inside the museum. Our design focused on creating a timeline of wars and educating museum guests on individuals who have received the medal of honor. We worked with historian, David Currey, to gather the content for the museum and that content directly influenced the design of the exhibits. Our team worked onsite at the museum for months creating the many scenes that are featured throughout the museum. Method-1 did all of the museum’s interior construction to include the platforms, case work, graphic production and scenic development. Our team did a large portion of the lighting and AV, exhibit walls and interactive platforms. This was a project that reached across many work groups and many influences. It is a complete success and is now being enjoyed by visitors from all over the world.