Engaging the Community
The Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac is a community energizer, bringing local business and community leaders together to create play and learning in a safe and healthy environment for all children. The expansion transformed a former Pick ‘n Save into a destination within the Waterfront District, now filling 22,000 SF with public spaces that engage, S.T.E.A.M. Classrooms, exhibits that cross disciplines and an outdoor space built by the community.
Kids here have been through so much, parents losing jobs and homes, factories and schools closing, that a vibrant, exciting, entertaining and educational place just for them took on greater urgency. Community leaders had long believed that the region needed more positive, interactive activities for young families as a way of improving the area’s quality of life and making it more attractive to people and businesses looking to relocate. A compelling museum in the heart of the city helped achieve that goal.
~ Angela Barris, Museum President & CEO
Exploration Station is a 10,000 SF museum inspired by the vision and spirit of this young institution and by the agrarian context of which it is a part. The ad-hoc collection of interconnected barn structures recalls the image of the Mid-Western farm but, through unexpected color combinations, whimsical windows, and a series of other details, it is clearly a container for play and learning. This impression is essential in order that the building be embraced by its community and identifiable to children.
Nurturing a Sense of Community Pride
Ogden Park opened to the public in 1905, as an innovative site providing relief from tenement living that sparked the development of other social properties across the country. One hundred years later, the family-centric design reconnects the park to its changing community, encourages visitation and enriches the Olmsted Brothers and Burnham’s original social program.
Architecture Is Fun captured the spirit of Brownsville and created a space that works beautifully. The design and layout of the museum flow effortlessly, encouraging learning, all the while making it great fun. Sharon and Peter did not miss a single thing…the museum floor, reception, offices and facilities are all beautiful and relevant. Their work puts children in charge of their own experiences in safe, efficient, and appropriate spaces.
~ Mary Rowe Henry, Executive Director, Brownsville Children’s Museum
kidscommons is a celebration and exploration of culture and diversity and a place for lifelong learning.
~ Cheryl Buffo, Executive Director