Gephart was the electrical contractor for the new Bell Museum featuring 1,500 artworks and artifacts, 10 room-sized dioramas, and a 120-seat digital planetarium. This state-of-the-art facility joins together space, art, history and the environment in Minnesota’s only natural history museum.
Gephart played an important role in nearly every area in the museum including:
- Utilization of Total Station for precise placement of light fixtures, bollard site lighting, step lighting in planetarium, power feeds for solar panels on roof, and power feeds for individual display lighting
- Installation of over 3,000 ft. of track lighting in exhibit areas
- LED pathway lighting on exterior of building
- Power pathways to each exhibit
- Installation of 1,500 ft. underground ductbank connecting the communications backbone from the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus to the museum
- Construction of a moveable, temporary lighting platform for installation of exhibits
- Color changing lights on exterior of planetarium dome with programmable custom scenes
- The state-of-the-art technology showcased on this project – including our use of Total Station – saved our construction partners significant time and ensured the project met the construction deadline.