Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation

Research Tower

Cincinnati, OH

Tracing its roots to 1884, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has been dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children throughout the world. The Medical Center’s newest research tower, known as the “S Building,” features 415,000 square feet of modern basic and clinical research lab space, specifically designed to promote collaboration across disciplines and encourage interaction among basic, translational and clinical investigators.

To showcase the center’s legacy of innovation and latest breakthroughs, its leaders called on a collaborative effort between Kolar Design, Perspectives 360, and Xibitz. The team identified and executed the project’s goals through dynamic sculptures, rich colors, and several hundred feet of plasma monitors that help communicate the center’s vision, engage dialogue and celebrate discovery, while inspiring those who work to improve children’s lives now and for generations to come.

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Helen Devos Children’s Hospital

Giving and Philanthropy

Grand Rapids, MI

A hospital’s work is serious business – and that can make it especially scary for a child. With this in mind, the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital provides a warm and welcoming environment, with special amenities for families while offering state-of-the-art health care.

Among those who made this dream, the reality was more than 6,000 donors – and Xibitz was selected to create displays to recognize their gifts and provide location signage in a nontraditional way. A carefully thought-out design and meticulous choices of materials allow for a layering effect that accentuates detail and flow while complementing the building’s overall architectural aesthetic. The result balances playfulness and elegance, using colors and shapes to connect patients, family members, and visitors with the facility in comforting ways. Sounds like good medicine.

Helen Devos Children's Exhibition Design Fabrication Xibitz
Helen Devos Children's Exhibition Design Fabrication Xibitz
Helen Devos Children's Exhibition Design Fabrication Xibitz
Helen Devos Children's Exhibition Design Fabrication Xibitz
Helen Devos Children's Exhibition Design Fabrication Xibitz
Helen Devos Children's Exhibition Design Fabrication Xibitz

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Seattle Children’s Hospital

Donor Wall

Seattle, WA

Consistently ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the world, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides outpatient and inpatient treatment to children throughout the northwest United States. Their dedication to transforming children’s health comes at a cost, and could not be achieved without the generous donations of the community. When Seattle Children’s Hospital decided to create an engaging and distinctive donor wall in their Emergency Department they approached Xibitz.

Donors at Seattle Children’s believe that change is the result of stepwise progress, of attacking a series of challenges with a goal in mind and a mission in your heart. When we change the world for one child, we change the whole world, one donation at a time. It was this mindset that inspired a pebbled donor wall. Each pebble and stone, when combined, can create a path forward. Xibitz designed and manufactured hundreds of rocks to display donor names, as well as the undulating wall on which they are mounted. Integrated lighting illuminates the wall and mimics a flowing river. These elements create a sense of impact and they reinforce the collective sentiment of the village of donors and their passion for the community.

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xibitz Seattle children's hospital exhibition design fabrication

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Beacon Children’s Hospital

Hospital Tower Atrium

South Bend, IN

The Atrium of the Beacon Children’s Hospital Tower takes on a nature theme giving patients a fun and colorful learning experience. Alongside design partner Peter Hyde Design, Xibitz created a unique and eye-catching space that extends comfort and inspiration to patients and visitors. Xibitz custom fabricated a 3-story tall tree sculpture and an additional balcony treehouse. Visitors can walk through the lower branches that make up the tree’s trunk. The space has multiple interactive learning exhibits that incorporate animal cutouts, flipbooks, and sound. Leaf cutouts adorn the skylight and colorful dragonflies hang from the ceiling – both catching the light and creating shimmering shadows throughout the space. 

Beacon Health Exhibition Design Fabrication Xibitz
Beacon Health Exhibition Design Fabrication Xibitz
Beacon Health Exhibition Design Fabrication Xibitz
Beacon Health Exhibition Design Fabrication Xibitz
Beacon Health Exhibition Design Fabrication Xibitz
Beacon Health Exhibition Design Fabrication Xibitz
Beacon Health Exhibition Design Fabrication Xibitz

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Akron Children’s Hospital

Akron, OH

From humble beginnings as a day nursery in 1890, Akron Children’s Hospital has evolved into the largest pediatric healthcare system in northeast Ohio, operating two hospitals, 22 offices, and approximately 70 specialty locations across the region – together drawing more than 650,000 patient visits each year.

A $200 million expansion of its Akron campus incorporates a theme of “things familiar” – in particular what a child would find in his or her back yard. Features include a “Blue Wall” spanning an open two-story space. Symbolizing a backyard fence, it is also visible from outside the building and incorporates a series of mounted wood veneer panels. Custom animated interactive elements are activated by motion sensors in some niches supplemented by static backlit images in others. Abstract Tree Sculptures are another feature provided by Xibitz. They stretch from floor to ceiling and are textured to enhance their resemblance to trees. Xibitz also executed the production, engineering, and installation of a chandelier representing a canopy of leaves. It utilizes panels of colored glass suspended at different heights that (move) with air movement.

Akron Children's Hospital healthcare Exhibition Fabrication Xibitz
Akron Children's Hospital Exhibition Fabrication Xibitz
Akron Children's Hospital Exhibition Fabrication Xibitz
Akron Children's Hospital Exhibition Fabrication Xibitz
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Akron Children's Hospital Exhibition Fabrication Xibitz

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OH WOW

Children’s Center for Science and Technology

Youngstown, OH

Cambridge Seven and Xibitz partnered to work with OH WOW! Children’s Center for Science & Technology and the House of Shine, from Dallas, to create exciting, colorful, interactive exhibits for children of all ages who visit the center in Youngstown, OH. We worked closely together, collaborating each step of the way, and the end result is an engaging and inspiring venue. There are activities that ask the participant questions about;

  • Strengths
  • Hobbies
  • Interests
  • Needs
  • Experiences

A visit to this center will give kids an opportunity to explore “themselves” as well as science and technology. Come for a visit and plan to return to play/learn/grow!

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OH WOW museum design exhibit fabrication xibitz
OH WOW Museum Design Fabrication Xibitz
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Burpee Museum of Natural History

Homer’s Odyssey: From the Badlands to Burpee

Beirut, Lebanon

From the discovery and excavation of the first bones in Montana to the preparation and reconstruction of the fossils in the lab, the new Homer’s Odyssey exhibit at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Illinois is the product of eight years of work. Since this was the first Triceratops bone bed ever found, the Museum had the opportunity to create an exciting exhibition that sheds light on this hot topic within the scientific community.

Xibitz, along with content developer, Dan Bartlett, was entrusted to develop the permanent exhibit to meet the museum’s objectives of being fun, as well as educational, and scientifically accurate. Xibitz created content that gives visitors glimpses into the biology and ecology of Homer’s day, over 66 million years ago, including a dynamic mount of the Triceratops Homer, a mural depicting life in the Cretaceous period by Paleo artist Michael Skrepnick, and thirteen skulls that demonstrate interspecies evolutionary relationships and species growth from baby to adult.

With the tremendous visual appeal, “Homer’s Odyssey” meets the museum’s goals of providing visitors of multiple age groups and varied learning styles opportunities for hands-on/ minds-on activities including tactile fossil samples and interactive flipbooks.

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burpee museum natural history exhibition fabrication xibitz
burpee museum natural history exhibition fabrication xibitz
burpee museum natural history exhibition fabrication xibitz

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Kohl Children’s Museum

Science + You

International Travelling Exhibit

Imagine a small-scale laboratory where kids can help clear the bloodstream of germs; solve problems using a glove box, beakers, and test tubes; manipulate machines to mix and separate substances; investigate objects using microscopes; create a healthy soup in a test kitchen, and share their discoveries with others.

The venue is Science + You, a traveling exhibit featuring 11 interactive elements in which children can explore machines, processes, and technology that demonstrate the role science plays to keep them healthy. Children experience procedures similar to those of a real-life laboratory and walk through a pretend shower to be bathed in blue lights before putting on a white Abbott lab coat.

Xibitz worked with Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago, scientists at Abbott Labs, and Kraemer Design + Production to create this unique environment. This traveling children’s exhibit stimulates interest in the role scientists to play in the health and wellness of people all over the world. Underwritten by the Abbott Fund, the exhibit opened at the Kohl in Glenview, Illinois, and has traveled to San Francisco; Washington D.C.; Mannheim, Germany; and São Paulo, Brazil.

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kohl children's museum exhibition fabrication xibitz
kohl children's museum exhibition fabrication xibitz
kohl children's museum exhibition fabrication xibitz
kohl children's museum exhibition fabrication xibitz
kohl children's museum exhibition fabrication xibitz
kohl children's museum exhibition fabrication xibitz

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State Historical Society of North Dakota

North Dakota Heritage Center

Seattle, WA

The North Dakota Heritage Center underwent a significant expansion project, nearly doubling its exhibition gallery space. This project allowed the Museum to expand upon the history of North Dakota and its people across time and place, from the time when dinosaurs ruled through the development of today’s emerging industries.

Great Plains Exhibit Development Joint Venture, comprised of Xibitz, Lord Cultural Resources and Taylor Studios worked collaboratively with stakeholders from the Museum, architect, and the public to create exhibits in three new galleries totaling 33,000 square feet.

Public engagement was a cornerstone of the development process as our team traveled to all corners of the state engaging the public in focus sessions seeking input on what stories should be told and how they should be presented. The resulting designs include a mix of traditional and contemporary exhibit techniques, including recreated environments, interactive media, and hands-on exhibits that respond to varied learning styles and audience needs.

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North Dakota historical exhibition design fabrication xibitz
North Dakota historical exhibition design fabrication xibitz
North Dakota exhibition design fabrication xibitz
North Dakota historical exhibition design fabrication xibitz
North Dakota historical exhibition design fabrication xibitz

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University of Michigan

Natural History Museum

Ann Arbor, MI

The new Museum of Natural History moved from the 90-year old Ruthven Museum Building into a modern seven-story Biological Science Building designed by architects Ennead and SmithGroupJJR. The 300,000 square foot building also will be home to the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In addition to natural history exhibits incorporating a wide array of modern exhibit techniques, visitors will experience a state-of-the-art Digital Dome Theater with Planetarium, high-definition video and audio presentations. University faculty and students are playing significant roles in the conceptual development of the exhibits.

The planning, design, fabrication and installation of the new Museum exhibits is a joint venture of Lord Cultural Resources, Xibitz and Taylor Studios under the name of Great Plains Exhibit Development Joint Venture. This is the second prestigious project for the Joint Venture, having completed 33,000 square feet of new exhibits in 2014 for the State Museum of North Dakota.