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Using Design to Tell a Story

Bouten Construction Company
Bouten Construction Company
Bouten Construction Company
Bouten Construction Company
Bouten Construction Company
Bouten Construction Company
Bouten Construction Company
Bouten Construction Company
Bouten Construction Company

More than half a million small businesses have vanished from the American landscape since World War II – making Bouten Construction Company’s recent 75th anniversary a remarkable achievement on its own terms. But when you consider that the third-generation company still has relationships with clients dating back to those first years, it’s even more impressive. To help mark the occasion, Bouten came to long-time collaborator helveticka for help in developing an experiential design component to the Spokane-based construction company’s brand-new headquarters, completed in September. Using historic imagery from Bouten’s extensive archives, the helveticka team created wall-sized photographic murals, a milestones wall featuring laser-cut dimensional elements, and, throughout the building, project photography printed directly on aluminum panels. In addition, a supporting narrative – in the form of biography, client testimonials, and historical anecdotes – recounts Bouten’s history. Thanks to the work, said president Bill Bouten, “we are reminded daily about the people and projects that have made us who we are today.”

photos: J. Craig Sweat Photography