USA at ASTC San Jose

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USA is proud to attend the Association of Science and Technology Centers’ Annual Conference in San Jose at The San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Stop by and visit with the USA Team in Booth # 910

Terracotta Warriors March to Philadelphia

Come see the amazing exhibition at The Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia. Opening September 30th, 2017 running through March 2018.

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Explore production methods of the warriors, how they were discovered and reassembled by archaeologists. The exhibit includes over 300 artifacts of Qin Dynasty, including 10 real figures from the Xian excavation site in China.

Cool Off with AWEsome Water!

Cool off this summer at the DuPage Children’s Museum!

USA recently installed an all new AWEsome Water gallery with plenty of fun interactions for kids to learn the awesome power of water!

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USA was excited to build a completely custom, hand-sculpted Stream Table to go along with a beautiful magnetic play water wall and 7-foot tall water wheelThe new Stream Table utilizes USA’s innovative production methods to allow this incredibly flexible exhibit to be reproduced in an endless number of different meandering shapes, just like a real stream!

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For more information, check out the story from mykidslist.com

Also watch the video from abc7-News Chicago:

Winner! Excellence in Exhibition 2017

Congratulations to Eastern State Penitentiary for being named Overall Winner for Excellence in Exhibition 2017 by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) for their powerful exhibit Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration

USA is very proud to have played a part in developing these exhibits, from prototyping and fabrication to final installation at this wonderful historic site!

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Eastern State Penitentiary received this prestigious award during the annual AAM Museum Conference in St. Louis, May 8th 2017. Read more about the award here.

“Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor”

Congratulations to The Pacific Science Center, Franklin Institute and the Gecko Group for the successful world premiere of “Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor”

Check out a preview of this incredible exhibit from NBC King-5 news in Washingtion:

Read more about the premiere here!

And The Winner is…SPAM®

Congratulations to Hormel Foods’ SPAM® Museum and the community of Austin, Minnesota. The museum was awarded  with Attraction of the Year award at the Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference! Read more about the award here.

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Opening in April of 2016, USA refurbished, fabricated and installed the exhibits in the 8,000 square foot museum, which just recently saw it’s 100,00th visitor!

30 AWEsome Years

Congratulations DuPage Children’s Museum!

This past January, the DuPage Children’s Museum celebrated it’s 30th anniversary!(Read more about DuPage’s anniversary here.)

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(Read more about it here, or check out the project profile on our portfolio page)

USA will help continue DuPage’s impressive 30 year run with the AWEsome Water exhibit, opening this summer!

DuPage Blog Water Image(Energy Lab at Stepping Stones Children’s Museum, courtesy of Greenhouse Media)

The Big Graph at ESP

USA recently completed fabrication and installation of a giant bar graph at the historic Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.  The bar graph illustrates incarceration statistics, creating a dialogue about the subject matter with great visual impact. Having worked with Eastern State on two previous projects, we understand their specific challenges in creating new exhibits at a historic site.

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We worked closely with Sean and Breanna to develop material and finish samples that would define the aesthetics of the Big Graph. Once we all decided that powder coated steel with water jet cut numbering was the answer, we quickly got to work detailing construction methods, and fabricating the graph to withstand long term outdoor weather conditions.

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The Big Graph sits on concrete piers, with internal framework supporting each panel.

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The opening reception was held on a beautiful summer evening here in Philadelphia.

Read more about the Big Graph here, and plan your visit to Eastern State Penitentiary.

USA’s Work Shines at the Kimmel Center

USA recently completed an eight-foot, outdoor, LED cube display, installed at the Kimmel Center to kick off the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. The Cube, as we affectionately call it, was conceptualized by Red Tettemer and Edwards Technologies, Inc. as advertising for the festival and was brought to life by USA to remain a permanent fixture at the Kimmel Center.

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Our scope of work included management, design, engineering, fabrication of the steel framework, integration of the LED display components and installation. USA started the project by taking a careful site survey of the dedicated space for dimensions and wind load assessment at the corner of Spruce and Broad Street, just down the street from City Hall. We took the lead role in providing the project team with drawings, material specifications, outdoor site conditions, engineering calculations and stamps to certify that control documents met all safety standards and the piece would be structurally sound. 
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