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AIA People’s Choice Award: Mid-America Science Museum by Wittenberg Delony & Davidson Inc.

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Project: Mid-America Science Museum at the Donald W. Reynolds Center
Firm: Wittenberg Delony & Davidson Inc.
Contractor: Nabholz
Location: Hot Springs

The challenge for Mid-America Science Museum at the Donald W. Reynolds Center (MASM) in Hot Springs was to create a unique visitor experience that utilized the museum’s natural wooded context & existing facility, originally built in 1979, while reinforcing science education through hands on learning and adventure play.

Partially hidden from the main museum building, the science skywalk exudes a mysterious quality, with a periodic fog that is created along its primary bridge entrance. The series of bridges and ramps change levels and provide unique tree-top observation platforms along the walkway, which is elevated 32 feet above a wooded creek. The museum’s renovated interior greets visitors, creating an atmosphere of learning through more than 100 engaging activities, hands on exhibits, experiments and even some unexpected outcomes.  

Owner/Client: Mid-America Science Museum at the Donald W. Reynolds Center
Project Team: Chad Young, AIA; Jay Clark, AIA
Consultants: Jacques Pierini, HSA Engineering Consulting Services, Exploritorium
Photographer: Dero Sanford

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