Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center

Exploring Nature with AV Technology
Gardiner, NY

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To mark its 50th anniversary, Mohonk Preserve renovated its green design award-winning Visitor Center with several new exhibits provided by Electrosonic, which enable visitors to maximize their time in New York’s largest nonprofit nature preserve dedicated to caring for and exploring the natural world.

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The main floor features large windows overlooking the Preserve, which provide the backdrop for a topographical map; Electrosonic added four 32-inch interactive touchscreens, providing visitors access to details and photos about the trails and attractions.

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Electrosonic also provided two 46-inch LCD screens hung in portrait mode for the “Nature Notebook”; one side is a Welcome Information Station, which features weather updates and daily information, while the other offers visitors a chance to leave observations and questions with a keyboard and mouse, which is displayed like a Twitter feed.

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Electrosonic also installed and programmed a 10-minute orientation film, and displayed it in a visitor orientation theater onto a 26-foot wide curved screen fed by four blended and warped DLP projectors. Four speakers and a subwoofer provide sound, and a control panel in the theater enables guests to start the film on their own.

“The theater was our biggest challenge,” noted Electrosonic project manager Jackson Benedict. “It’s a very small space with a low ceiling. We had to use fixed-lens projectors, which meant there was very little tolerance in installing them. We had to build a custom ceiling mount that allowed for projector adjustment in the field, as necessary. Projector airflow in the small space also had to be managed effectively.

“The very sharp curve of the screen provided a challenge for warping the blend,” Benedict said. “It was quite complicated. Shifting the projector one inch in the wrong direction would change everything.”

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A small control room behind the screen houses equipment in a single rack. The content for all of the interactives can be updated remotely to keep content fresh and up to date.

“Electrosonic worked with the exhibit fabricators to make sure we had relatively easy access to all equipment for service,” said Benedict. Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership was responsible for the architecture, interiors, graphic design and exhibit design.