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Formations designed, fabricated, and installed 5,800 square feet of exhibits at America’s First Urban Refuge—John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The project’s design drew inspiration from the community it serves and the people that serve it—featuring AV programs that highlight some of the Refuge’s volunteers, a tactile map of Philadelphia, and incorporating the city’s skyline into design elements. Exhibits honored the unique relationship between nature and the sprawling metropolis visible from the Refuge, epitomized by the 12-foot tall Great Blue Heron sculpture made of recyclable materials often found littered in the marsh—serving as a reminder that humans and wildlife are interconnected.

Client: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Flip-panels, A/V programs and an oversized tactile map of the area present visitors with a truly interactive experience.

Flip-panels, A/V programs and an oversized tactile map of the area present visitors with a truly interactive experience.

 Colorful banners are suspended over custom-fabricated metal cityscape welcome visitors into the exhibit area.

Colorful banners are suspended over custom-fabricated metal cityscape welcome visitors into the exhibit area.

This 12’ tall Great Blue Heron is made from recycled materials and reinforces the them of human coexisting with nature.

 Sequential panels feature a landscape mural and stylized photos of visitors enjoying the refuge with an A/V program that elaborates on their stories.

Sequential panels feature a landscape mural and stylized photos of visitors enjoying the refuge with an A/V program that elaborates on their stories.

 Curved walls form freestanding, double-sided graphic murals and guide visitors through the exhibits.

Curved walls form freestanding, double-sided graphic murals and guide visitors through the exhibits.

 Here, visitors can learn about the history of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge and how it fits into global bird migration patterns.

Here, visitors can learn about the history of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge and how it fits into global bird migration patterns.

 This faux wildlife display demonstrates how visitors can experience nature on the refuge.

This faux wildlife display demonstrates how visitors can experience nature on the refuge.

 A reader-rail interprets the display up above through the use of text, images, and tactile pieces.

A reader-rail interprets the display up above through the use of text, images, and tactile pieces.

 The visitor center was created in conjunction with a series of graphic panels mounted along the refuge trails and boardwalks.

The visitor center was created in conjunction with a series of graphic panels mounted along the refuge trails and boardwalks.

 This three-sided outdoor welcome structure includes cut metal, graphics, and interactives.

This three-sided outdoor welcome structure includes cut metal, graphics, and interactives.

 Formations fabricated and installed custom stanchions to hold the wayfinding graphics for the network of trails at John Heinz.

Formations fabricated and installed custom stanchions to hold the wayfinding graphics for the network of trails at John Heinz.