It only took us 10 days to install the new exhibits at the South Florida Science Museum. That is not a lot of time considering the scope and magnitude of these exhibits. Like any other endeavor, it was thorough planning that resulted in a successful execution. About five months were spent planning this install. That is two weeks planning for each day of installation.
Planning for this project began before the contract was even signed. Prior to our first meeting we were researching the locale of the museum. We studied the locations of nearby hardware stores, hospitals, banks and grocery stores to find the best place to board our team. We timed drive times to make sure our team could get to the job site with the least amount of traffic. Once the contract was signed, logistics were considered. As drawings were created, the dimensions of facility doorways and ceiling heights had to be confirmed. Every detail from the salinity of the water in the aquariums to the load limits of the roof truss played a factor in our planning.
The most important part of our planning is the assembly of the install team. Working in a museum atmosphere presents some unique challenges. Most museums prefer to remain open to the public while you are working. This requires a little bit of patience and some stealth. Try telling a construction worker to hammer drill through cured reinforced concrete quietly. Most will tell you it is impossible. We hire the guys who figure out a way to make it happen. Our installation crews always make me proud. The crew for this particular project, however, left me speechless at times. These guys performed magic. Marc, Mike, Brad, Cliff, Jon, Bill, Justin, Glenn, Jay and Rick are our A-Team. They executed the plan to the letter and adapted to many last minute challenges and changes. They made sure the plan came together and just like Colonel “Hannibal” Smith, I love it when a plan comes together!