The Clark Planetarium opened to the public in its current location in 2003. It houses a 200 seat dome theater, a 300 seat IMAX theater, and 10,000 of public exhibit space and serves approximately 400,000 visitors per year. The Planetarium hired Punt Consulting Group to conduct research on the state of the museum field relating to exhibits on astronomy and planetary science, and to suggest strategies to be incorporated into a Request for Proposals for refurbishing a 7,500 sf exhibition gallery. Punt Consulting Group wrote the RFP, ran the selection process, and negotiated the design/build contract with the winning firm.
Subsequent to the selection process, the Planetarium also hired Punt Consulting Group for two more projects: to research mobile technologies as a platform for exhibit enhancement, and to conduct interviews in the planetarium and science museum fields to evaluate the marketability of exhibit products that the Planetarium may wish to reproduce for sale.
Clark Planetarium’s 2016 exhibits modernization project involved making multi-million dollar decisions with important long term consequences. We needed expert guidance identifying and selecting a well-qualified firm to help us design, fabricate and install new science education exhibits. The selection had to be made through a competitive RFP process, and we knew that the usefulness of the submitted proposals and our ability to make a wise selection from them would in large measure depend on the quality of the RFP itself. We needed an RFP that accurately and comprehensively communicated our organizational goals for the new exhibits and solicited proposals with the most relevant and project-specific information from prospective contractors. Barbara Punt’s assistance was invaluable to us both in writing the RFP itself, and in making the final selection of an exhibits firm for our project.Seth Jarvis Director, Clark Planetarium at Salt Lake County