Building a Museum in Eight Months – Part 3

Design Kickoff Meeting – Putting our assumptions to the test and finding the right voice for the story This is the third article in a series about designing and building the Museum of Internal Auditing in eight months. The previous article explains how and why we developed an Exhibit Plan for the museum. This article is about how we started the design …

Building a Museum in Eight Months

First Meeting – Finding a reason why the world needs this museum When I first got the call from Judy Burke, VP of Governance for the Institute of Internal Auditors, I thought this was going to be a difficult process. She called me to set up a meeting to explore designing and building a museum about Internal Auditing. First, I …

Everyone Will Be a Hero

Summertime is a perfect time to visit a children’s museum. AST Exhibits recently completed designs for new exhibits in the Explorer’s Gallery at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. You can read more about the designs here: One of the design goals was to make guests feel like they are something special, that they are heroes. We wanted guests …

Takers to Givers

Children's museum design and fabrication

Takers to Givers Shifting Imagery to build community leaders Takers to Givers is the first in a series of articles about the groundbreaking work we are doing for the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast. We Started with Pirates When we first talked to the leadership at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, we knew that we had some …

Backwards History: Leading with the Story to Bring the Holidays to Life

What the Dickens

A local museum, Art and History Museums Maitland, recently called us with an interesting project. They had committed to making the theme of their historic property representative of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” for the holiday season. They needed a material historian who specializes in the Victorian era. More specifically, they needed someone who was familiar with the period between 1844 …

Design Kick-off for Children’s Museum

AST Exhibits of Orlando, Fla., will design two new exhibit areas in the Explorer’s Gallery at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast in Jensen Beach, Fla. “Completing the gallery opens the museum to a whole new group of guests and unlimited possibilities for fun and learning,” said Scott Metelko, President and Founder of AST Exhibits. “The new gallery elements …

Ingenuity & Know-how Trump a Hostile Environment

Conservation framing

It is hard to imagine a worse environment for a special piece of original artwork than a restaurant, where it’s exposed to pollutants, harsh light, unstable temperatures and humidity, and even curious fingers. And yet … Art must be seen to be appreciated. Sometimes, that means taking the art to where the audience is. A private collector wrestling with this …

AST Exhibits Creates Western theme for Mennello Museum

Kiva fireplace in our studio. Fabrication complete and ready for installation.

The Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, Florida, relied on the skill of AST Exhibits when it came time to add additional interest to its galleries. Director Frank Holt wanted to add themed architectural elements to accentuate touring exhibitions that will feature the art of the American West this year.  AST Exhibits designed, fabricated and installed five elements to …

South Florida Science Center & Aquarium

Interactive Everglades Exhibit for the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium

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The South Florida Science Center & Aquarium underwent a massive expansion, renovation and rebranding project in 2013.

Traveling Exhibit of Artwork by Rob Storter

We used a rugged-looking texture for the background of these panels to remind visitors of a time when even paper was made by hand.

Client: Friends of the Museum of the Everglades
Location: Touring Exhibit

AST Exhibits is in the process of designing a traveling exhibit of Rob Storter’s work and making sure it can safely travel the globe.

Marco Island Historical Museum

Calusa style shell tools were researched and recreated by the AST art team.

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The Marco Island Historical Museum is a brand new facility that opened in June 2010 with a number of temporary exhibits.

Naples Airfield Exhibit

The empty gaze of a WW2 pilot's dress uniform gives the engine of the T6 trainer plane one last inspection.

Client: Collier County Museums
Location: Collier County, Florida

The story of the development of the Naples Airport is a very important one to the development of Naples itself.

Naples Depot Museum Phase II

When recreating Frank's Garage for the Naples Depot Museum, AST Exhibits carefully matched the decorative roofline, the hand painted sign from 1927 and even found a Ford Model T.

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The challenge was to take a 2400 square foot room and use it to tell the story of other modes of transportation than rail in Collier County.

Naples Depot Museum Phase I

Angled windows allowed the Station Master to see trains both up and down the line from his desk. AST Exhibits replaced the original windows with "magic" windows that allow YOU to witness the action along the rails.

Client: Collier County Museums
Location: Naples, FL

When AST became involved with this project in 2007, the Naples Depot was just beginning the process of renovation.

Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive and Museum

St. Thomas University hired AST Exhibits to develop a portion of their library into a museum that celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Client: St. Thomas University
Location: Miami Gardens Florida

The University needed museum display cases that met with their initial design concept for a new on campus Museum located within their Library facility.

Interpretive Outdoor Signage

When choosing a color scheme for graphic panels it is important to consider the hue of the surrounding foliage.

Client: Collier County Museums
Location: Collier County, Florida

AST Exhibits designed these outdoor interpretive graphic panels to endure hurricane force winds, torrential rains and the intense South Florida sunshine.

Grove House Sustainability Exhibit

AST Exhibits used visual comparison in this display to demonstrate the amount of water that can be conserved by using drip irrigation.

Client: Florida’s Natural Co-Op
Location: Lake Wales, Florida

Florida’s Natural had recently made many environmentally-conscious improvements to their operation and were looking for a way to showcase these improvements in their visitor’s center.

BET Spring Bling

This versatile stage built by AST had to accommodate a hot tub, multiple live performances, a dj booth, an interview couch, modeling runways and even a car show.

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AST Exhibits worked with the production designer to realize the stage, sets, and props.

Howl-O-Scream Outdoor Attractions

In this haunted house guests are trapped within the walls and forced to experience bone-chilling horrors.

Client: Busch Gardens
Location: Tampa, Florida

Howl-O-Scream is a Halloween-themed attraction at Busch Gardens. It is installed in August and September, both very active months of the hurricane season in Florida.

PMO Christmas Show

The Town Square is just one of the many elaborate sets designed for the Purdue Music Organization's Annual Christmas Show.

Client: Purdue Musical Organizations
Location: West Lafayette, IN

The PMO Christmas Show is the only show of its kind in the country in which a brand new production is mounted every year.

Nickelodeon’s My Family’s Got Guts

The finale of each episode involved scaling the 22 foot tall Aggro Crag.

Client: Five Alts Productions
Location: Universal Studios, Florida

My Family’s Got Guts was a spin-off of the original game show GUTS which was filmed and aired in the early 1990s.

Hard Rock Park Grand Opening Tour

AST decided that blowing the gates open with a stack of speakers was more appropriate than a traditional ribbon cutting.

Client: Hard Rock Parks
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

AST Exhibits co-produced the opening events for the park, which included concerts by The Eagles and The Moody Blues.

2008 HGTV Green Home Giveaway

In 2008 AST Exhibits built exhibits for the first annual HGTV Green Home Giveaway in Hardeeville, SC.

Client: Convergence, LLC
Location: Hardeeville, SC

Exhibits consisted of custom modular panels that then had graphics and 3-dimensional objects applied to highlight the different green technologies used in the project.

Arthur Live! Tour

The Cafeteria set from Arthur's school.

Client: Turnstile Presents, inc
Location: US Tour

For this touring production, we built the scenery around a giant story book with which the characters interact throughout the show.

Liquidmetal Golf PGA Booth

Traditional elements of trade show kiosks, like this desk, were updated and given a modern appearance.

Client: LiquidMetal Golf
Location: Orlando, FL

AST designed and built a 70′ X 30′ exhibit for the PGA show in Orlando. The booth featured exhibits that highlighted the Liquidmetal Golf products being offered as well as some of the aerospace and military applications of the underlying technology.

3D Architectural Renderings

AST was hired by Raleigh Design to flesh out this hotel lobby concept art.

Client: Chris Raleigh Design
Location: Maitland, Florida

3D Renderings have been a part of our skill set at AST Exhibits since the beginning.

Chicago Raceway Rendering

AST created this 3D rendering for a proposed race track in the suburbs of Chicago.

Client: International Speedway Corporation
Location: Chicago, IL

AST was engaged by International Speedway Corporation to produce a series of architectural renderings for new tracks being built around the country.

Universal Studios Development

We embraced emerging technology in the early 90s, and we learned its value early in our history.

Client: Universal Studios / Idletime Networks
Location: Universal Studios, FL

Idletime Networks and Universal Studios had developed designs for elements of regional theme parks. We were tasked with finding a way to rapidly prototype an entire theme park using the elements previously designed once a potential site and demographic were identified.