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McPherson, KS

At the McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation, visitors relive Kansas and McPherson history through unique artifacts. The fascinating exhibits are showcased using a number of mediums: fossils, minerals, textiles, pottery, photography, taxidermy and oil paintings.

The display area in the 27,000-square-foot building was meticulously built to give museum goers the maximum experience. Twenty-foot ceilings in the main exhibit hall allow for large-scale exhibits such as large ice age fossils. Simple finishes, neutral colors and LED repositionable track lighting in the exhibit area draw visitors’ eyes to the displays. Specially built soffits draw attention as guests tour the museum.

A modern, museum-specific HVAC system keeps artifacts safe while providing guests a comfortable experience. The water lines are specially routed around the ancient artifact storage area. Mini-split systems are incorporated for artifact and textile storage areas to control the humidity and temperature in the rooms containing sensitive materials.

Simpson Construction Services partnered with the Foundation to evaluate several budget items to guide the owner’s balance of wants, needs and budget. Specifically, SCS recommended an alternative lighting fixture layout that would achieve maximum building performance and allow reallocation of budget to other priority areas. The final result, this construction management job was delivered on budget.

Award of Honor (2013)
Presented by Associated General Contractors of Kansas