The Peoria Riverfront Museum is a collaborative effort of 8 organizations that worked together for 10 years to create a new interdisciplinary museum in downtown Peoria. As part of the White Oak team which advised the Museum, Punt Consulting Group was selected to write the RFQs and run the vendor selection process in its entirety from identifying potential firms through kick-off meetings with the design and design/build teams.
The international group of designers and fabricators stayed with the project from its inception, through a lengthy pause midway, all the way to the triumphant opening in a newly developed park close to the river. Punt Consulting Group created all the exhibit contracts, including those for design, fabrication, audio-visual production, and hardware integration, as well as advised the Museum’s corporate counsel on others related to the large screen theater.
The project commenced on a design/bid/build paradigm but ultimately some galleries were determined better suited for design/build projects, which necessitated changing the draft contracts to accommodate the different process. A key component of the process was working closely with the Museum’s counsel on contracts that were outside their normal area of expertise.
On behalf of the Board and staff of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, I would like to thank Punt Consulting Group for all of their outstanding assistance with the exhibits in our new facility! By moving to a larger facility, we were faced with the need to fill six galleries with exhibits that covered arts, history, science and achievement. We also had to develop, implement and administer exhibits that applied the “Delta Museum” principal. In other words, exhibits that are very flexible, and can change over time. Barbara was the perfect person to help us through the maze of exhibit planning, whether it was for a full gallery, or for supplemental components. We were able to successfully navigate both a design/build process and a design/bid/build process. Punt Consulting Group did a fantastic job of keeping us in order, and not missing any details. I would highly recommend Barbara for any exhibit-based project, and look forward to the chance to work with her in the future.Kate Neumiller Schureman Sr. V.P. of Programs, Peoria Riverfront Museum