Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tempe History Museum Opens!

By Ron Davis, Principal, LEED A.P.
This past weekend was the opening celebrations for the Tempe History Museum in Arizona. This local history institution has been re-born after undergoing a near-total renovation of the architecture and completely a new set of exhibits. Gyroscope Inc., working with Weddle Gilmore Architects, was selected to help the museum re-imagine the existing facility: a re-purposed library building, last renovated in the early 80’s. 

What had been a dark interior with the original 1980’s exhibits was completely stripped back to the bones. Natural daylight was allowed to flow back in and illuminate the wide-open spaces of the existing structure and new entry addition.

Among the project goals were to create inviting spaces and experiences for all visitors, including families. The fabulous turnout for the opening day brought a full spectrum of these visitors; from kids in strollers to octogenarians. 

Some people recalled the former exhibits and remarked on the transformation, others were making their first visit, and will be back very soon. It was tremendously gratifying to see the response.

Image: Gyroscope Inc.

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