Hanford Reach Interpretive Center         

Richland, WA

BPI produced all media exhibits, and provided AV integration services for the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center. The exhibits focus on both the natural wildlife of the area, as well as the unique cultural background of one of the most significant historic sites in the nation, spanning eons of time. The Save the Reach gallery includes an interactive timeline showing how a local grassroots effort helped preserve the area for the American public, and another where people can create a stewardship patch that they can either print at the center or e-mail to themselves, bringing a bit of the Reach home.

 

The Changing Seasons

A downward projected presentation reveals the geologic story of the Columbia River Basin, while an interactive fossil dig allows visitors to discover remains and assemble them into skeletons. At the other end of the spectrum is the story of the Hanford Engineer Works and its role in national security during World War II and the subsequent Cold War, chronicled in the film "The Land Transformed." BPI utilized archival imagery as well as origi- nal production on the Hanford site in producing the film.

The Land

The Living Land exhibit experience captures the flora and fauna of the Hanford Reach National Monument, which is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Weeks of on-site field production resulted in a collection of “moments” that play across eleven monitors showing bright spring wildflowers, running elk, swimming otters and muskrats, along with flocks of waterfowl and migratory birds that fly through the space as they move from one monitor to the next. These wildlife moments are accompanied by a soundscape that makes the space literally come alive.

After the filming, the work really began for BPI. Editing, scoring, effects, lighting, computer control systems, rumbling floor and air cannon all had to work together—seamlessly. This 360-degree experience is complex and rarely done. During the editing process, BPI listened and attended to every detail of our comments. When I saw the ½ scale mocked-up theater in their facility, it brought tears to my eyes, even though it was only 60% edited…this is historical storytelling at its best.

Dan Joyce, Director “Seeing the Elephant,” Kenosha Public Museums