Case Studies

David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History “David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins” is Smithsonian’s centerpiece exhibition on human evolution and the Human story. CMS was chosen to detail, fabricate, deliver and install this major exhibition the largest exhibition CMS has produced to date. In addition to our own in-shop work, the scope included managing major subcontractors including; the general contractor, illustrators, scenic designers and installers, wallpaper specialists, glass suppliers and installers, a glass case fabricator (in Belgium), and artifact mount makers and installers. CMS also provided art direction services and interface with a forensic sculptor, casting foundry, A/V systems integrator, and Smithsonian Office of Exhibit Central who was responsible for the Lucy diorama. This fourteen month, seven million dollar project is the centerpiece of CMS’ portfolio of success with budget and timeframe restraints all being met.

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Fish and Wildlife – Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Visitor Center is a newly designed “GREEN” Visitor Center facility created to educate visitors about the vast array of wildlife found in the local environ. CMS (partnering with an outside design firm) provided conceptual design, final design, detailing, fabrication and installation of the new Visitor Center in Sherman, TX. Our goal was to keep all exhibitry at eye level so that the exhibits took on the appearance of being “part” of the outside Lake environment – the center of wildlife activity!

Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution

National Geographic Museum“Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution,” a traveling exhibition reveals all 39 species of these elusive birds for the first time giving visitors an in-depth look into the lives of birds-of-paradise. CMS worked in partnership with the Museum to bring vision to reality. The Museum served as Exhibit and Graphic designers in addition to producing most graphics and A/V presentations. CMS coordinated these efforts with our in-house detailing and fabrication to produce an exhibit that could break down large exhibit sections into manageable components for transportation.

History Factory – Unigroup

History Factory – Unigroup “Heritage Center” displays are intended to preserve, document and tell the story of Unigroup’s growth, evolution, heritage and corporate culture. CMS was contracted for the detailing, exhibit fabrication, graphic production, installation services and A/V integration. Work on this project is a good example of what can happen when museum techniques and technologies are blended into a corporate environment.