Science Central Inc. has announced that Design Collaborative, an architecture and design firm based in Fort Wayne, has been awarded the design contract for the center's new Science on a Sphere exhibit.
The project will cost about $1.5 million and create an integral, new attraction at Science Central, which is housed in the former power plant of the old City Light utility.
Plans call for Science on a Sphere to open next summer.
Once design work is completed for the project, construction will begin for Science on a Sphere – a sphere six feet in diameter that will become a kind of inside-out planetarium. Images can be projected onto the sphere's surface in a way that presents a dynamic portrait of the earth. Science on a Sphere will be “illustrating earth, space and social sciences. It will also provide a real-time satellite link of weather, natural disasters, and other activities occurring on earth,” the science museum said in its progress update on the project.
The gallery for Science on a Sphere will be about 1,500 to 2,500 square feet, said Doris Lemert, Science Central's director of marketing and development. The space will be reclaimed from space now mainly unused or used for storage. She also said that Science Central is likely to add to its staff for “technical support and programming” when the sphere is installed. Science Central now employs about 60 full-time, part-time and seasonal workers, Lemert said.
The Science Central Science on a Sphere installation will be the first in the state, and one of only 80 in the world, according to the museum.