The Museum’s existing Gibson Hall of Astronomy exhibit was an antiquated space requiring technological updates. The Museum decided to reinvent their educational programming with integrated hands-on learning.

Trautman Associates reconfigured the existing space with the design of a “black box” that would support the new exhibits for “Our Place in Space.”  The existing exhibit area was completely gutted and rebuilt.  New finishes were carefully selected for their durability and life cycle cost expectancy.

Years of non-code complaint electrical and fire alarm systems were removed and updated before all ceiling surfaces were covered with a sprayed-on texture. Acoustics are controlled with a sprayed-on, sound attenuating ceiling material, new carpeting and fire retardant wall fabric.  Solar images are now transmitted from the rooftop solar telescope to a large projection screen where visitors can view images of the sun in a theater-type setting.

Trautman Associates provided architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing services.