Hangar Deck Exhibits
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science and service as related to its home aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark.
Client – Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex
Project – Hangar Deck Interpretive and Interactive Exhibits
Size – 40,000 sq. ft.
Location – U.S.S. Intrepid, Pier 86, Manhattan, NY
Scope of Work – Engineering, Fabrication, Installation
Designer – Perkins + Will
Intrepid's hangar deck exhibition space is unique among historic ships. Visitors can follow the deck’s two separate paths: explore Intrepid's technology on the port (left) side, and celebrate the people who lived and worked on the ship on the starboard (right) side. The Museum's permanent exhibition brings to life the powerful history of the aircraft carrier. Examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits that trace Intrepid's U.S. Navy career from 1943 to the present (Source - www.intrepidmuseum.org).
At the time of its completion, the exhibits for this project were some of the most complex that DDI had ever worked on. The main “fixture” in this 43,000 sq. ft. gallery is a “floating” display case. This case was fabricated out of metal, plywood, and glass, and stretches 280 feet through three different sections of the Hangar deck. It weighs approximately 40 tons, and had to be meticulously engineered and fabricated so that it could be seamlessly suspended from the ceiling with no attachment to, or support from, the floor.
In addition to this main display case there are a variety of other exhibit components including graphic panels, interactive A/V and multi-media stations, as well as reproductions of the Mercury and Gemini Space capsules and the “Bridge” on the flight deck.