Interactive Education at CWU


Central Washington University’s Science II, a $64 million science facility designed by Integrus, opened to students last fall. It not only features a planetarium, a scanning electron microscope, and an anechoic chamber, it also boasts a 58-meter scale geologic timeline on the main floor – complete with informational panels designed, fabricated, and installed by helveticka. Working closely with a team from the school’s geology department, helveticka developed a concept built around illustrations, photography, rock samples, and touchscreen displays to educate an audience ranging from elementary school visitors to geology majors to visiting parents. Everything was custom-designed and -built by helveticka and its collaborators: the powder-coated steel panels, the digital graphic outputs, the display cabinets, even the mounting system for the samples. Included within the scope of work was a series of informational signs promoting the building’s green construction attributes, as well as sponsorship signage for certain areas within the building.

photo: J. Craig Sweat Photography