Exhibits Case Studies

Nevada Discovery Museum

490 S Center Street
Reno, NV 89501

775.786.1000 (p)
775.786.1114 (f)
Tica Lubin (contact)
exhibits@nvdm.org (e)


Build It

Project Size: 1185 sq. ft.
Project Budget:  ~$340,000

Exhibit/Project Description:
Build It is a space designed to allow children to explore form and function while using eco friendly materials and power their inventions with alternative energies.  Using large scale open ended experimentation families will explore natural energy resources including solar, wind and geothermal.  Their creations will produce energy used to power other elements in the exhibit such as a small house where their choices in design and building materials will also affect energy efficiency.  This house building area will be a fun space for smaller children to play with a variety of building materials and create new environments.  The ability to create human generated energy will also be explored through a tandem bike and a stair stepper like device.

Factors Affecting Decision to "Go Green":
Nothern Nevada is a place rich in natural alternative energy.  With abundant sunlight, geothermal vents, rivers and regular winds we are able to produce alternative energy from 28 renewable resource sites.  We are the number one state in geothermal watts per person, the state boasts the largest solar-photovoltaic project in the country, we gather hydroelectric power from the Truckee River and are in the process of developing wind power in the states northeastern mountains.  Green building practices incorporate this energy into designs along with new choices in building materials.  Our children are our future and need to be educated on alternative energies and materials in order to be responsible stewards of the environment.

Distinguishing green features:

  • Geothermal Energy
  • Wind Power
  • Solar Energy
  • Human Generated Energy
  • LED and Compact Florescent Lights
  • Alternative Insulation
  • Eco Friendly Paints
  • Eco Friendly Building Materials