Government Contract | Massachusetts
Walden Pond Visitor Center: Exhibit Fabrication, Procurement and Installation

Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00000576927

Bid Title: Walden Pond Visitor Center: Exhibit Fabrication, Procurement and Installation

Agency Bid No. Title: BD-16-1020-DCRCU-DC260-00000008495

Received Date: 05/19/2016

Close Date: 06/03/2016

Purchase Type: 6 months for completion

Delivery Point:

Delivery Date: Not Stated

Special Notices: Pre-Bid Conference Optional 05/24/2016 11:00 AM, Questions Due By 05/27/2016 12:00 PM, Samples Required


Specifications include, but are not limited to:NOTE: Also refer to Exhibit Experience document included as Appendix D for overview of interpretive program and goals.Construction for a new Visitor Center at Walden Pond State Reservation began in the Fall of 2015. The new visitor center will address a long-identified need of the Reservation by providing a centralized location for visitor services including interpretation and orientation. Under this RFR, exhibit fabrication, procurement and installation services are sought for exhibit fixtures featured both inside and outside the new Walden Pond Visitor Center. Several large scale exhibits in the new visitor center will assist in telling the story of Walden Pond and its association with Henry David Thoreau. Complimenting the exhibits will be information panels and interpretive signs throughout the surrounding landscape.The exhibits at the new Walden Pond Visitor Center are centered on an interpretive structure that emphasizes nature, history, and inspiration. Nature-focused exhibits, contained in a model of Walden Pond and its casings, highlight the flora and fauna around the Pond, and how that particular ecosphere came into being. Nature is interpreted through the lens of Henry David Thoreau the Reservations iconic naturalist, scientist, author, and advocate. History exhibits primarily delve into the human history connected to Walden Pond, the woods and the town of Concord. Inspiration is an exploration of the philosophies of Henry David Thoreau, how his thinking and writing has affected some of the great minds of history, and how visitors can apply these lessons to their own modern lives.In the Nature section, visitors are encouraged to contemplate the wonders of the environment, prompted by Thoreaus writing. Also of interest is Thoreaus study of nature at Walden, why he thought it was important and worth preserving (parallel with transcendentialism) . Thoreaus view being opposite of the conventional view of the era that saw nature as something to extract for human benefit (a premise of the industrial revolution). The area also provides context for their visit to the reservation and orients them to the site.The History section delves into Thoreaus two years, two months, and two days at the pond. Visitors will also gain a greater contextual understanding of the area before and up to Thoreaus occupancy on site.Specific Exhibits to be developed by selected vendorMap of Walden PondInterpretive Goal: The keystone of the Visitor Center is to orient visitors and inform them about the physical, historical and recreational characteristics of the pond (i.e. how deep is the pond, what can I do here, where is the original cabin site, etc.)Overview:Striking visual centerpiece two dimensional map of Walden Pond and surrounding landscape. Surrounded by interpretive rails describing the natural and historical assets of the reservation and introduces visitors to Thoreaus connection to the pond.Provide an add alternative for a 3D map as described in the bid documentsThe Lived Experience

Product Codes: 15540, 80300, 84000, 91000, 91400, 90930, 98800

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Department of Conservation and Recreation

State: Massachusetts

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Robin Pfetsch 251 Causeway Street, Suite 600, Boston, Massachusetts, 02114

Phone: 617-626-4937

Fax: 617-626-1349




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