Science Central’s “Science on a Sphere” wins construction award

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Science Central’s “Science on a Sphere” wins construction award

(April 23, 2014) – Science Central’s newest permanent exhibit, Science On a Sphere, took home an award in the 2014 Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana 2014 Project Awards, held on Thursday, April 17th.


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The exhibit was the winning entry in the Renovation – Under $2 Million Category at the event. The project was submitted by Fetters Construction Inc. and Design Collaborative, the primary contractor for the Sphere’s construction and the design firm for the project, respectively. “Working on this project was a true pleasure for our company,” said Jake Fetters, president of Fetters Construction Inc. “We faced a lot of challenges in constructing a new exhibit space in Science Central’s historic building, but it was worth the effort. We’re very happy that we’ve played a part in helping bring this great exhibit to Fort Wayne. It will have a lasting impact on our kids and our community.”

Science On a Sphere is a dynamic, animated global display system developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It uses computers and video projectors to show planetary data on a six-foot diameter sphere. It was developed by NOAA researchers initially as a research tool, and ultimately as an educational tool to illustrate science to people of all ages. To the naked eye, the Sphere actually appears to be floating and rotating in mid-air, just like a real planet. It will be a “must see” exhibit at Science Central, illustrating earth, space and social sciences. It will also provide a real-time imagery such as satellite, buoy and sensing station links to global weather, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other activities occurring on Earth, as well as NASA images of the planets and moons of our solar system.

Construction on the Sphere started in April 2013, and the exhibit opened to the public in October 2013. Building Contractors Association members involved with the Science On a Sphere project included: A. Hattersley & Sons, Inc.; AirWorx Construction Equipment; Almet, Inc; Baden Gage & Schroeder, LLC; Big C Lumber; Central Indiana Hardware; Design Collaborative; Don R. Fruchey, Inc.; Engineering Resources, inc.; Fetters Construction Inc.; Interior Products Supply; Lake City Bank; Mill Supplies, Inc.; Momper Insulation; National Serv-All; Safety Solutions, Inc.; Shambaugh & Son, L.P.; Speedway – Concrete, Aggregate & Supplies; Sunbelt Rentals; Tile Interiors, Inc., Wells Fargo Insurance Services; and White Cap Construction Supply.

“Fetters Construction and Design Collaborative took my vision for our Science On a Sphere project and turned it into reality,” said Science Central Executive Director Martin S. Fisher. “We think they did a tremendous job, and our region has a new resource that will educate our visitors for many, many years to come. We congratulate Fetters Construction Inc. and Design Collaborative, and the many subcontractors and businesses involved in the project on their win, and we thank them for bringing this world-class exhibit to life.”


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