Harrisonburg Children’s Museum
The Harrisonburg Children’s Museum relocate to the old A & N building in Downtown Harrisonburg. In order for the move to happen, the empty shell space had to be build out. The scope of work included all new electrical, mechanical, sprinkler and plumbing systems for the 10,800 square foot, first floor. The plans also included the removal and replacement of the three level elevator.
Nielsen removed approximately 1600 square feet of the second floor to create an Atrium type space, which serves as the main entrance of the Museum. The second level has been designed for storage with future expansion possibilities, and the third level is not used at this time. Several exhibit areas were created, by installing various unique wall configurations, exposed ceilings, as well as the use of varying color schemes in both painting and floor finishes.
Within this specialized leaning environment, the design provided for Offices, Classrooms, Art Room and a Medical Exhibit, which includes a full size ambulance. Other areas include an Automotive Exhibit, a Television Studio, Theatre, Springhouse, Dairy Barn and a two-story Tree Exhibit, with tree house, in the Atrium.
Nielsen worked closely with the exhibitors, volunteers and the owner to facilitate a smooth transition from empty space to operational exhibits.