The campaign was given a roaring start with a
"As far as we know, this is the biggest grant they have given outside their traditional area of
Organizers have set a goal of
The flood museum's exhibits will be upgraded with technology that will allow for regular updates and new features to keep the attraction vibrant for a new generation, said
"This exhibit will be able to evolve with the times," Rosenblatt said.
The current displays have been in place since the 1989 flood centennial renovation project. There was no vision of ever changing it, JAHA President and CEO
"They were creating a monument to the flood," Burkert said, noting that labels were permanently silkscreened on displays.
"It has really constrained us," he continued. "It has been difficult to change."
Springboard has been part of numerous museum and cultural facility projects in the
"Different visitors learn and experience things in different ways," Rosenblatt said. "We try to include features for all of them. Some like to read exhibits. Some don't like to read. Some folks want to sit and ponder and think about things."
Plans call for upgrades to traditional favorites, including the 3-D, path-of-the-flood map that greets visitors on the museum's ground floor, Rosenblatt said. New digital controls and fiber optic lights for the map will be complemented with a multimedia program featuring screenshots from a recent study showing new information.
Additional upgrades will allow visitors to explore individual stories of the flood from recordings of interviews with survivors. In addition, the museum's vast archives will become available digitally.
"Imagine touch screens throughout the exhibit, with different features for different age groups," Rosenblatt said.
Much of the 1989 technology used in the original exhibits has reached the end of its useful life. What's more, the heating, electrical system and other infrastructure of the 122-year-old former Carnegie Library building has also become inefficient and costly.
New technology will not only make it a green building under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, but it will do the job with less ductwork and equipment, freeing space for exhibits and programs,
Renovations are expected to cost
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