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Crosscut, an independent, non-profit electronic journal serving the Pacific-Northwest, posted this lovely article on the development of the New Burke.

The new 110,000 sq. ft. museum will blur traditional lines between labs, collections and public gallery spaces towards a destination that invites the public to share the knowledge and activities of scientists and ethnologists, and celebrates the nature and culture of the Pacific Northwest. This daring paradigm is being tested internally by the Burke’s staff through their temporary exhibit: Testing, Testing 1,2,3. Evidence Design is incorporating the knowledge and feedback gathered by this effort to further inform final design.  We are incredibly appreciative of the work and dedication of our collaborators at the Burke!

LINK: http://crosscut.com/2017/11/the-new-burke-museum-is-a-world-to-behold-literally/

DOGS! A Science Tail made an appearance at this year’s ASTC Conference. Evidence Design is finishing up the final details for this new 7,000 square foot traveling exhibition for the California Science Center. Numerous volunteers attended the ASTC booth, including a physically-challenged woman with her service dog, who displayed videos of the amazing tasks her furry companion does for her on a daily basis. Partner Shari Berman enjoyed a conference break with the adorable service dogs.

The progress continues at an impressive pace… the New Burke now has soaring multi-story windows and beautiful wood siding. We can’t wait to see these spaces filled with art, artifacts, Burke staff and guests buzzing with activity and joy. See the most recent images and video on the Burke’s construction web page.

In January, EVD took our first hard hat tour of the New Burke. At that point, one could literally “see through the walls.” It was very exciting to navigate the columns, studs, rebar, and newly poured cement in the emerging building, although it took a lot of imagination to understand what goes where!

During our April Workshop we took a second walk through the new museum building – it’s come a long way in three months! Now you can really appreciate the gallery spaces, floor-through skylights, and views from various windows.

Watch a Time-Lapse Video on the Burke’s Construction Website

This year, we are especially grateful for our profession.

We celebrate our colleagues in the museum world who work tirelessly to promote dialogue, knowledge, creativity and compassion in their communities.

May the new year bring you peace and joy.

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County was recently profiled on Treasures of New York, a local PBS documentary series.  The episode features interviews with educators and survivors with whom we collaborated to create the small but powerful core exhibition, one of Evidence Design’s earliest projects. It is wonderful to see the Center thriving with robust programming and new artifacts that provide visceral evidence of the horrific events of the Holocaust. We congratulate the HMTC on its continued efforts to combat prejudice and intolerance and are very proud to have played a role in this important work. The episode may be found on the PBS Website.

We are delighted to announce that Science Storms was named one of the twenty most influential exhibit designs of this century by the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD). The groundbreaking exhibit received a 2011 SEGD Merit Award, among numerous recognitions, and continues to draw crowds and accolades six years after its opening. We are immensely proud of our work with the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago (MSI), an institutional leader in the creation of innovative, compelling exhibit experiences. In fact, three exhibits at MSI were recognized by SEGD as most influential in the last 16 years: Science Storms, U-505, and YOU! The Experience. CONGRATULATIONS!

After everybody got a few hours sleep, the move continued this morning. We now have ET-94 in its temporary storage location beside the Pavilion housing Endeavour, although the movers still need to disconnect and remove the dollies from the strongback (will be done tomorrow). Permanent fence will go up Tuesday, then we will begin restoring the tank so that it can take its place in the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center supporting Endeavour.

ET-94 Status for May 22, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

The move started at midnight from Marina del Rey and arrived at Exposition Park about 19:00 … weather was perfect. Move went without incident. A surprising number of people turn out to watch. The crew was too tired to finish the move and will return Saturday to accomplish the last 500 feet and spot the tank in its temporary parking spot.

ET-94 Status for May 21, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

On May 20, 2016, more than 500 people – elected officials, Burke and University of Washington staff, tribal leaders and local school children – gathered to celebrate the ground breaking of the New Burke, a new facility for the Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture planned to open in 2019. Evidence Design is pleased to be collaborating with the curatorial and collections teams, museum managers and architects at OKA to realize the museum’s “inside-out” vision, which will integrate exhibits and learning areas with visible labs and collections storage

Learn more about the ground breaking festivities

Follow the Burke’s construction updates

Shannan Dann arrived at the Marina Del Rey breakwater on schedule at 0600 and was at the offload area about 0800. We cut the welds holding the transporter to the barge, released the chains, and rolled-off the Gulfmaster I amid much pomp and circumstance. ET-94 is resting comfortably in the parking lot at Fisherman’s Village and Shannon Dann and Gulfmaster I are in San Pedro being readied for their return to New Orleans via the Panama Canal. The move through the streets will take place on Saturday!

ET-94 Status for May 18, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

Shannon Dann and Gulfmaster I, carrying ET-94, departed the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego at 07:30 this morning, making for Marina del Rey. ETA at the breakwater in Marina del Rey is 06:00 Wednesday, 18 May.

ET-94 Status for May 17, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

Spent the day preparing Gulfmaster I and Shannon Dann for the off-load in Marina del Rey. This involved removing some of the equipment from the barge we had installed for the Panama Canal, and then installing the hinge plates for the ramps that will bridge the distance between the barge and the sea wall in the Marina. Shannon Dann also got spiffed up with a new coat of paint.

Departing 0800 on Tuesday; ETA Marina del Rey, 06:00 on Wednesday.

ET-94 Status for May 16, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

Shannon Dann, towing Gulfmaster 1, arrived at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego this morning at 0300 to a great deal more attention than expected. At 19:15 on Thursday, Shannon Dann rescued four crewmembers from Maximus, a sport fisherman operating between Puerto Vallarta and San Diego. All are safe, although Maximus was lost.

We need to remove several of the Panama Canal I bits and bollards from Gulfmaster, in addition to instilling the hinges for remaps needed to unload ET-94 at Marina del Rey. All of this work is taking place in San Diego. We expect to depart early Tuesday morning with a scheduled arrival.

ET-94 Status for May 15, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

We had Gulfmaster I and Shannon Dann wait in the Pacific Anchorage while we made some final upgrades to the barge for the journey up the west coast. It is the last we will see of her until mid-May. #ETComesHome

ET-94 Status for April 26, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

Unlike the Atlantic side, which has a three-step lock, the Pacific side (traveling west) has a single-step lock (Pedro Miguel) between Gamboa and Mirafloores Lake, and then a two-step lock between Miraflores Lake and the Pacific. So after transiting Pedro Miguel Lock, we transited Miraflores Locks. It was still raining (pouring).

Transited from Gamboa to the Pacific today. First landmark was the Puente Centenary bridge followed by the first Pacific lock, Pedro Miguel. Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperative with a lot of haze and rain.

ET-94 Status for April 25, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

Transited the Gatun Locks today. This is a set of three locks that separates the Atlantic (Caribbean) from Lake Gatun. Passage was made with Shannon Dann pulling and a canal-provided assist tug (Cerra Jefe) pushing. We created quite a stir on the Canal, with a lot of employees coming out for selfies or group photos. Probably provided an interesting transit for the various container ships heading the other way. We moored in Gamboa Rain Forest and will continue through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks tomorrow (Tuesday) toward the Pacific.

ET-94 Status for April 25, 2016 Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III

The only flight-qualified External Tank in existence, ET-94, is on its way from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The donation of this never-used artifact from NASA allows the Science Center to fulfill its vision of building a full stack for Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final display in the launch position in the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. Dennis Jenkins, Project Director, Phase III, is overseeing ET-94’s barge journey from Louisiana, through the Panama Canal, and on to California, and sending photos and dispatches from the field.

See More Photos of Endeavour’s Journey