NORMAL – The Children’s Discovery Museum is gearing up for its next decades of exhibits and projects with a new master plan.
The “Healthy Me!” The exhibit, a medical facility on the first floor, was unveiled this month and was the last exhibit to describe the current master plan.
More than a decade after this plan was implemented, the normal city council will vote on Monday to start work on a new exhibition master plan.
âKnowing that our museum is a much loved and visited attractionâ with over 2 million visitors to date, âthe city wants to keep our assets relevant,â said city communications director Cathy Oloffson.
The master plan will help museum staff to keep the facility up-to-date, accessible and secure, as well as secure grants, “allowing our taxpayer’s money to go further,” he said. she declared.
Having this “formal planning document is important to keep museum staff focused on a vision and to keep the museum up to date,” said Oloffson.
On Monday, city council will consider a resolution accepting and authorizing a contract with JRA, a Cincinnati-based amusement design company. If approved, JRA will begin work in January to present a final master plan for exhibitions in the spring.
JRA’s proposal includes professional planning services and is estimated to cost $ 45,000 plus expenses under $ 5,000. The master plan is part of the 2021-2022 budget, not exceeding $ 50,000.
CDM staff reviewed four formal proposals from design companies and determined that JRA best matched the plan’s needs, city officials said.
The city council is also expected to approve the 2022 meeting schedule and approve an appointment to the human relations commission.
The Children’s Discovery Museum hosts the Playla event
Larry Dietz and event chair Marlene Dietz, Charles and Preethy Edamala
Crystal Howard, Cheryl Magnuson
Bremer Team: Kim Hayes, Larum Dean, David Haynes
Beautiful Bremer watch and raffle necklace
Pam and Herb Eaton, Kathleen Lorenz, Chemberly Cummings, Normal Mayor Chris Koos
Timothy Furman, Maura Freeman
Kris Williams, Brandy Maloney
Karen and Tony DeAngelis
Sharon Klingman, Anne and Steve Matter, Bill Klingman
Headphones for the silent disco
Jason Reif, Larry Dietz
Carole and Jerry Ringer
Robert Varney, Jane Pickering, Vicki Varney
Have fun in a silent nightclub
Larry and Laurel Schumacher, Tracie Henry, Crystal Howard
Leni Kuntz, Lilly Vore
Mike O’Grady, Charlie Moore, Normal Mayor Chris Koos
Heather Young, Christina Rogers
Dan Adams, Tim Norman, Kevin Birlingmair
Cat Wood, Chemberly Cummings
Gerry and Carol Chrisman, Cathy and Dennis Wentworth
Ashley Crain, Aly Hearn
Neil Finlen, Lori Laughlin
Lauren and Matt Lurkins
Jonell Kehias, Katie Mavros, Dan Adams, Cheryl Magnuson
Coleen Moore, Katie Norman
Cheryl Magnuson, Dan Adams
Bill Croff, Leann Seal, Colleen Reynolds
Byron Blotky, Patty Files
Dr Dele Ogunleye, Cat Woods
Katie Mavros, Cheryl Magnuson, Christina Rogers, Jonell Kehias
Susan Saunders, Heather Young
Michelle Cope, Katie Mavros, Rhonda Massie
Bob and Julie Dobski
Kathy Jecklin, Tracy Patkunas, Stefanie Nelson, Teri Merna, Kristie Nelson, Paula Orgler
Nicole Hoffman playing with bubbles
Shelleigh Birlingmair, James Brown
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