Roto developed a comprehensive master plan with Whitaker Center in 2007 to entirely renovate and replace most permanent science exhibits. Over the next 5 years, the science center completed a sequence of new exhibit projects based upon that Plan, ranging from 2,800 to 3,600 square feet in size, choosing Roto each time on the basis of fixed-fee design-build engagements.
Exhibit design for Whitaker Center followed a strongly visitor-centered philosophy, ensuring that each activity within each theme would create memorable learning for the widest possible audience spectrum. Exhibits were a blend of tried-and-true science museum staples, many from Roto’s repertoire of more than 1,000 previously-successful interactive elements, always supplemented by one or more totally original experiences that are unique to these projects.
Roto design progress is always guided by pre-established budget parameters, ensuring that creative development maximizes the available resources and avoids gutting ambitious projects through “value engineering.” All Roto design-build projects were completed within the guaranteed budgets they started with.
"Roto designs exhibits that visitors love to use. That's what we like about them."- Steve Bishop, Vice President, Whitaker Center