On a chilly April Saturday, the American Swedish Institue broke ground for the Nelson Cultural Center, a modern addition to ASI’s existing Turnblad Mansion. The new center is a state of the art building, with a 325 seat event space , craft workshop, conference room, retail shop and an additional gallery. The lower level offers more space for collection storage, exhibit prep and a utility tunnel that connects the new building to the Turnblad Mansion. The Nelson Cultural Center is tracking to be LEED Gold certified, and will achieve this by using sustainable materials, geothermal heating and cooling systems, a green roof, and water conservation strategies. The Turnblad Mansion will also receive updates as well. The lower level will be renovated to offer additional storage for Swan Turnblad’s archive. There will also be new classrooms and a community hall, with kitchen facilities.
Recursive Awesome partnered with Adolfson & Peterson Construction — the general contractors for the project — to develop an iPad app, which allows ASI members, volunteers, and visitors alike to take a virtual tour through new Nelson Cultural Center and Turnblad Mansion renovations. Not only can you keep up to date with the latest project news, you can learn more about the American Swedish Institute in the ‘ASI Is…’ section. You can read about the sustainable aspects of the project, and understand what it means to be LEED Gold certified. There is a ‘Virtual Tour’ that lets you learn more about key areas of the project, just by tapping on the map. Lastly, you can give & get involved yourself! The app offers the opportunity to donate, join as a member, volunteer, or sign up for ASI’s Klipp! newsletter.
Kevin Lind (Virtual Construction Manager, A&P) was present at the groundbreaking — and helped visitors use the app — said “My biggest reflection on the day was the linking of generations. Seeing families sit down together and walk through the app, asking question of each other”. He went on to say “We had numerous people spend 30 plus minutes sit down and thumb through the content that is good to see. My favorite part is the virtual tour — Google style maps — but really makes a huge leep in the direction of a new way to view your project”.
The app will be on display in the solarium of the Turnblad Mansion, during construction of the Nelson Cultural Center. The app also includes a ‘kiosk’ mode — accessible from the iOS settings menu — which will allow every guest to have the same experience. It will be available in the Apple App Store, for everyone to download and stay up-to-date with the project.
About The American Swedish Institute
The American Swedish Institute, founded in 1929, serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden.
About Adolfoson & Peterson Construction
A&P is one of the top 50 construction companies in the U.S., providing construction management, design/build and general contracting services to public and private clients. A&P serves the K-12 school, energy, healthcare, higher education, municipal, multi-family, retail, and senior living market segments from its offices in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas and Washington.
About Recursive Awesome
At Recursive Awesome we focus on the design, development, and support of tablet, mobile and web applications. We use Agile software development practices, to create RESTful API’s (Ruby on Rails), as well as mobile (iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7) and web products for ourselves and our clients.