A large display in McKinstry’s historic SIERR Building showcases Avista’s role in the development of Spokane’s Catalyst Building, the most sustainable building in North America.
The custom display occupies a 15' x 22' footprint, and features internally lit columns reaching heights of nearly 12'. Used for events and tours, it shares a large open space with other displays.
Themed “Re-Imagining the Future of Energy,” the display takes advantage of a built-in monitor to provide additional content; a side table holds related print materials.
In addition to the overall vision of the project, the display’s narrative provides a glimpse into the future of energy generation and distribution. Visitors can enter from multiple directions.
For Bouten Construction Company’s new headquarters, space was set aside to highlight important milestones, key projects, and the company’s seventy-five-year history.
helveticka worked with Bouten to select historical imagery, and with the architect to integrate the graphic elements within the building’s interior.
A detail of the milestones wall, which featured superimposed laser-cut Gatorboard images from Bouten’s photographic archive.
Two conference rooms were named for the first two generations of Bouten leadership, and identified with vinyl signage mounted on the windows.
Inside the Frank J. Bouten conference room – and on the reverse of the sign – is a biography of Frank.
The Gus J. Bouten conference room not only features a similar bio, but also looks out on a quote from the company’s founder.
A rebar mounting system, originally designed by helveticka for Bouten’s old office building, was re-purposed to support changeable project imagery.
Quotes from clients are interspersed among contemporary photography, all of which is printed on aluminum panels.
A massive project photograph, taken specifically for this purpose, was printed on vinyl and mounted on a wall in the employee break room.
The Myrtle Woldson Collection, on the campus of Gonzaga University, employs narrative panels, photography, and personal objects to tell the story of the enigmatic Spokane philanthropist.
The 600-sq.-ft. exhibit space was designed to provide for ease of traffic flow in and around the display cases while providing room for viewing.
Custom casework with Plexiglas tops was created to accommodate nearly 130 artifacts from Woldson’s estate, including pieces from her extensive wardrobe.
Descriptive labels, developed by Gonzaga students, identify the objects and ephemera within each case; period music plays from a 1919 Columbia Grafonola.
The modular casework was designed to adapt to future arrangements and to changing artifacts. Two touchscreens offer more information on Woldson, including oral histories, photographs, and descriptions of nearly 140 furniture pieces and accessories from her home.
Mounted on the walls surrounding the exhibit space, each narrative panel addresses a specific chapter of Woldon’s life, defined not by a specific time period, but by a unique characteristic.
The installation of the Myrtle Woldson Collection: 16 days in under two and a half minutes.
Visitors to CX30: Creative Experiences, Thirty Collaborators – a celebratory exhibit honoring helveticka's 30 years in business – were greeted by a 6' x 12' banner featuring the names of 30 collaborators important to the firm's success over the years.
A quote from Charles Darwin (apocryphal, but too good not to use) set the tone for the exhibit.
Introductory panels by helveticka's co-founder and creative director, CK Anderson.
Vinyl banners, each printed with a story by one of the exhibit's 30 collaborators, were suspended within custom-fabricated display stands.
The 6.5' aluminum display stands were capped with steel finials.
The perimeter of the gallery was lined with select collaborators' work, along with descriptive panels.
Visual art was also part of the exhibit, and included the work of photographers, illustrators, cartoonists, and graphic designers.
The Steam Plant's 2017 renovation included interiors by Spokane-based HDG Architecture and complementary graphics by helveticka.
Working with HDG and the Steam Plant team, helveticka created cut-vinyl window graphics to identify individual spaces.
Archival imagery, backlit with adjustable LED lighting, was added to the dining area to remind patrons of the building's industrial roots.
The archival imagery, treated with posterized and half-tone graphics, was printed on vinyl, mounted on Plexiglas, and encased within a custom frame.
Photographic murals – with a half-tone overlay – adorn the walls of the Centennial Room, one of the Steam Plant's event spaces.
Private booths in the bar area feature a set of three historical photos accompanied by a typographic treatment.
In collaboration with Integrus Architecture, helveticka created a geologic timeline for CWU’s new Science II building, which opened to students for the fall 2016 quarter.
The exhibit maps to an actual scale model of the timeline built into the floor of a 58.5-meter-long corridor. helveticka’s design team worked closely with CWU faculty members on panel content.
Eight custom-built display cases house rare rock samples from around the globe – and, in the case of a meteorite slice, from outer space as well. The cabinets were finished to match existing building casework.
For the “Earth’s Interior” section, eight-foot-tall digital graphics were mounted onto custom-fabricated metal panels. helveticka also performed installation services for the exhibit.
A pair of touchscreens – with content designed and programmed by helveticka – help round out and localize billions of years of geologic history.
helveticka worked with the architects to select and locate the display’s lighting system. 2' x 2' Plexiglas panels (far right) enable students and faculty to change and update related subject content.
The exhibit is designed for prospective students and their parents, touring K-12 classes, and even current students – whether science majors or not.
In addition to the geologic timeline, helveticka was asked to develop a donor recognition system to acknowledge sponsored classrooms and labs.
Throughout the building, a series of 15 signs explains the efforts undertaken by CWU to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
SPOMa: Spokane Modern Architecture, 1948–73 opened March 2, 2013 for a scheduled 10-month run at the MAC.
In addition to nearly 400 photographs of some of the finest Mid-Century Modern architecture in the Pacific Northwest, the exhibit features art, furniture, and music of the era.
Custom display systems and clever mounting hardware keep the look and feel of the exhibit as streamlined and as minimalist as the architecture itself.
Complementing an exhibit in the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture’s main gallery was a short documentary film chronicling the history of Spokane’s Modern architecture movement.
An interpretive exhibit sharing the history of education on the Five Mile Prairie north of Spokane, The Schoolhouse Gallery is housed within the 1939 Five Mile School.
Hand-crafted casework complements the interiors of the schoolhouse; faux chalkboards and a script-style font add whimsy.
Ephemera like report cards and progress reports helped to humanize the exhibit while supplementing the narrative.
The signage and wayfinding system for Spokane’s $89 million Convention Center expansion required more than 600 signs to help visitors find their way around the campus.
Signage for sponsored exhibit halls is wrapped around existing concrete columns.
Visitors are oriented at the promenade that joins the original convention center with the recent addition.
Bringing to light 100 American Indian baskets from a collection of nearly 3,000, Fibers of Life demonstrated both the beauty and the utilitarian aspects of the weaver’s art. The space was designed to promote contemplation and reflection.
Suspended photographic tapestries, each 10' square, provided a sense of place while creating a separation between the baskets and the introductory area.
The density and arrangement of the exhibit evoked the intricacy of the basket patterns themselves.