Visitors Centers

Woodlawn Plantation Visitor Center Interpretive Program

Maryland National Capitol Parks & Planning Commission - CMS was responsible for exhibit production and installation as well as multimedia final design, production and installation for the Woodlawn Visitor Center Interpretive Program in Sandy Springs, Maryland. Located within a 105-acre, historic, landscape that is the designated environmental setting of the Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, this new facility shares the property with the 1815 Woodlawn Manor House and outbuildings. The primary interpretive program of fixed and movable exhibits, audio-visuals and multi-media programs, is located throughout three levels of the historic barn on the property. CMS’s scope of work included traditional panel exhibits which trigger audio, video and interactive displays as well as a main visitor attraction. . . a multimedia program of audio re-enactors and ambient imagery video vignettes. These vignettes appear on the interior, white-washed, stone walls of the middle and upper levels of the barn and tell the stories of enslaved, freedom-seeking persons and the free black, Quaker communities in Montgomery County. CMS scheduled and coordinated all work and install services with the program’s General Contractor. The barn required all new electrical power and lighting and exhibit show control telecommunications systems in addition to upgraded, fire-suppressed alarm systems.

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!

NOAA Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary “Ocean Discovery, Learning and Training Center” CMS' most remote exhibit to date included design development services as well as fabrication / installation for the newly renovated center located in Pago Pago, American Samoa. CMS was tasked with developing interpretive displays around a pre-determined Science on a Sphere in the main Rotunda exhibit area.

NOAA Preserve America Initiative

NOAA Preserve America Initiative: “Gateway to NOAA Visitor Center” CMS was tasked to provide initial concept and design development of an overall concept to revamp the existing (closed) exhibition space at NOAA’s headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. Working diligently with both the NOAA project team and the building owner, Foulger Pratt, CMS designed branding for all interior exhibit elements as well as exterior window wrapping, marquee signage and LED messaging to attract an array of visitors’ to this highly profiled account of all NOAA Core services, past and present.

Falls Lake (USACE) Visitor Center

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Falls Lake Visitor Center. CMS provided final design, detailing, management of building renovations, fabrication, graphics production, scenic elements and installation of this renovated 1,070 square foot space overlooking the Falls Lake Dam in NC. For a relatively small exhibit space, there are several key exhibit features including: custom casework, curved panels and headers, computer stations, artifact cases, discovery “touch” boxes, a children’s interactive play table, a custom 14’ Oak Tree replica, a working 3-D Dam model, various hanging banners, 18 square feet of interpretive graphic panels and a custom exterior wayfinding sign in addition to an 8’ compass rose painted on the exterior entrance deck. CMS also provided contracting/management of local GC renovations to the interior space including: Remove and dispose of all existing exhibits; Paint and patch walls and ceilings; Stain floors; Remove stepped wall and build straight wall; Replace two (2) interior doors (Areas 1.2 and 1.3); Replace pieces in pass-through window; Install ADA automatic door opening on main entry; Install new track lighting.