The Benton Community School District contacted Presentations to create three dedication plaques for various buildings. Gary Zittergruen, the Benton CSD Superintendent, spotted a plaque previously done by Presentations for the Cedar Rapids Community School District sparking his interest in a similar design.
Presentations created two dedication plaques based on the CRCSD design. Mounted on Plexiglas with standoffs to differentiate the mascot from the rest of the plaque, the addition of the school’s bobcat mascot to the donor plaques makes it distinctive to the school and adds dimension to the display.
Designed to stand up to the outdoor elements at the Bobcat Stadium, another plaque was fabricated from bronze for the Benton Community School District.
The biggest challenge for this project was getting a high enough resolution photo or vectored image of the mascot. It is beneficial to save the vectored images for any logos you may want to print later in order to retain image clarity. At the end of this project Presentations was able to provide Benton CSD with a high quality file of their bobcat mascot.
Benton Community School District can now show their pride with three beautiful dedication pieces.
Recently completed in time for the 2010 Iowa State Fair, the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center is a multi-purpose facility intended to advance the State Fair experience. With 2 arenas, and seating for over 3500, the new facility plays an integral role in maintaining the Sate Fair tradition.
This donor recognition display coordinates with barn quilts located on the building’s exterior, references Iowa’s farm culture, and represents the facilities’ modern design. Both aesthetically pleasing and functional, the display allows for various levels of recognition. The “Block by Block” donor display creates added interest in the campaign and underscores the importance of community giving.
The original capitol to the state of Iowa, Old Capitol went through a major renovation after a devastating fire. On display just inside the main entry is our donor recognition wall which recognizes those who helped to successfully open the doors to this historical museum.
The University of Iowa staff, and the former director of the Chicago Field Museum, Dr. Sandy Boyd, originally hired a Canadian firm to do the design and build of the exhibits. The University hated the design and found the firm didn’t listen to their wants or needs. Large firms are notorious for adding “bells and whistles” to their exhibits which add costs to the overall budget. It is our philosophy, that flashy electronic exhibits should only be added when they make sense, and fit the space. Back to square one, the University hired Presentations to redo the design and build the exhibits, interpretive panels, and the donor recognition display.
We constantly get asked, “What did you do, I don’t see anything?” That is the best compliment. We consciously made sure all of our work blended into the original architecture of the building. Because the building is the exhibit, the exhibits should blend and not standout to distract the space.
The donor recognition panel was no exception. Located just inside the entry door this donor wall panel is the first visual on display. Important but subtle was our focus. Our concept was to match the donor display to the rest of the interpretive panels in the museum. We also needed to fit the display within a small wall area yet include hundreds of names within three different campaigns. An image of the old capitol is used as the backdrop which flows across each panel to unite the three campaigns. Each section is a different color, each color is taken from room colors throughout the museum. The name panels are design to feel like the tall columns of the building. The quality craftsmanship and custom wood work with multiple levels and insets shows a level of importance to the piece. Plus the design of the trim and shape perfectly matches the museums interior features. And even the paint color was custom to match the original historic off white found in the museum.
Easy to read and functional, the donor wall is a true test of our environmental design skills. We always look to the space for our inspiration and thoughtfully design for the client.
The outdoor donor recognition plaque recognizes the heroic efforts by Mercy Hospital during the flood of 2008. Located more than 10 blocks outside the flood zone. Mercy Medical Center was shocked to see the flood waters enter the ground level of their hospital. While volunteers, Mercy employees and contract workers held back the waters. Mercy employees succeeded in evacuating over 200 patients.
Mercy Hospital asked Presentations to create a flood line marker and plaque. Working with the Marketing team at Mercy Hospital we created a custom artistic wave like shape to represent the final Cedar River crest. And above this marker a plaque showcasing a photo of the event representing the determination of the people involved.
The concept involved wrapping all four sides of a square pillar next to the entry doors. We chose to use aluminum which matches the aluminum window frames and can hold up to being outdoors. Using a two layer design we had the aluminum custom cut and shaped to create a water like feel. Then we grinded texture and artistically painted one of the layers a metallic blue. To match the aluminum marker we created an aluminum plaque using a translucent film mounted to aluminum panels. The final result is a custom art piece that glimmers in the sun light – a beautiful reminder of human spirit during a devastating time.
Coe College wanted to recognize and pay tribute to the head coaches that collectively defined Coe’s rich football tradition. We offered a twist on the traditional and a touch of the unexpected. Respecting Coe’s conservative aesthetic, we designed a series of recognition plaques that married the modern Kohawk image with the legacy and tradition of its history. Classic, edge-routed oak layered with sleek aluminum offered the perfect vehicle for our unique design. Printed on transparent polycarbonate to allow the shimmer of the aluminum to shine through, the design layers black and white photographs with contemporary images of Clark Field and showcases Coe College’s colors of maroon and gold. Each is dedicated to a specific head coach with their image, chronicling their coaching records.
These one-of-a-kind recognition plaques celebrate each coach’s legacy and lasting contribution to the program.