A Hybrid Model to Exhibit Design/Build

106 Group’s staff include exhibit developers, designers, and project managers. We do not have a shop to keep busy, yet we do have design/build contracts. Being an established company with experienced exhibit planners and designers gives us the flexibility to build the best team for each project and also take advantage of the efficiencies of a design/build process.

For natural history projects, we have partnered with some of the very best specialty fabricators of naturalistic environments in the world. Those relationships have created exceptional exhibits from Pennsylvania to Minnesota. But such a shop may not be the best choice for an exhibit that is more media-forward or graphic and case-intensive. We have other excellent partners for those solutions.

We also consider project scale when building a team. Sometimes a project calls for a large interactive media company to create complicated pieces and support them for years into the future. And sometimes our partner is a skilled solo producer of documentaries because we only need that one perfect 3-minute video.

Whether we are the prime contractor on these relationships or a subcontractor, the key to successfully executed exhibits is an eye to detail and seamless communication. Good thing we’re experts at both. And with that expertise, we are able to take advantage of the efficient hand-off of a single-contract design/build arrangement.

We’re always happy to walk you through the process, showing specific examples and responding to your site’s unique needs. If you’d like to talk or to arrange a presentation, contact Steve Boyd-Smith at steveboydsmith@106group.com. Download a pdf which illustrates the exhibit design/build process at the link below.

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Maggie Schmidt

As Interpretive Manager at 106 Group, Maggie is a driven and thoughtful exhibit developer and writer. She has developed exhibits for historical societies, art museums, state parks, visitor centers, and nature centers across the country.