Projects in 2015

2015 - National Lighthouse Museum » Educational Resource Center

Just steps from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal on the North Shore of Staten Island, The National Lighthouse Museum Educational Resource Center is housed in Building 11 of the former U.S. Lighthouse Service Depot. From 1862 to 1939, this site played a critical part in supporting the needs of lighthouses across the United States. The first of several buildings to be be restored and put back to use in service on this landmarked site, The Educational Resource Center has a mission to educate the public about the important role the site played in U.S. maritime history, as well as the history, science, design of lighthouses, and the stories of their keepers.

Chris served as Senior Exhibit Designer on the Design Documentation and Construction Administration phases of this long-running project. In addition to supervising design documentation and quality control efforts, he coordinated competitive bidding from various potential fabricators, AV producers and printers and worked with the client to select the winning contractor. He also coordinated graphic production efforts, curatorial needs such as object layout and conservation strategies.

The Education Resource Center opened to the public on August 7th, 2015, on the 225th anniversary of the signing of the US Lighthouse Act by President George Washington.

2015 - JetBlue Junior at JFK » Project Overview

JetBlue’s aviation-themed interactive play space at JFK’s Terminal 5i is designed to delight and educate children and adults with hands-on and digital activities, keeping them engaged and entertained while waiting to board their flights. Kids can test their memory at a digital concentration-style game, learn the basics of aviation by piloting a virtual plane and learn about aviation history along an illustrated timeline. Younger kids can engage with low-tech activities that promote fine motor skills, or if they need some quiet time, can curl up in a reading nook.

Chris played the role of senior designer on this project, supervising a team of junior architectural, exhibit, graphic and interactive designers from the schematic phase to opening day.

He worked closely with the digital team at Unified Field to develop, test and implement several of the complex technology-based interactives. He coordinated closely with JetBlue Brand and Corporate Real Estate teams to maintain brand standards and ensure all elements of the design met code as well as JetBlue’s brand standards. On the construction side his role required that he partner with Gensler and Turner Construction to ensure that Showman Fabricators’ built elements would coordinate with the facility’s electrical, fire protection, security, low-voltage and mechanical systems.

The project opened on schedule just before the 2016 holiday travel season, to rave reviews. It currently operates 24 hours a day, serving thousands of visitors per week.