Like so many other museums and learning centers throughout the country, the Science Museum of Virginia in downtown Richmond wanted to get creative to keep its members, supporters, and the public engaged while it temporarily closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
It offered the likes of astronomy shows streaming live on Facebook and regular virtual science lunch breaks, but Museum leadership still yearned to give the community a way to access the museum without physically stepping inside of it.
That’s where team members from Barton Malow Builders’ Richmond office stepped in to help. VDC Manager Robert Glover visited the site and captured high-definition 360-degree photos of the building’s exterior and three floors of exhibits and partnered with StructionSite to allow the community to take a virtual tour of the Museum.
“I’ve been attending the Museum since I was kid, and I currently volunteer there as well,” says Robert. “Capturing this footage provided the Museum staff with a great way to allow community members to walk through the exhibits virtually.”
Though using StructionSite for these purposes isn’t normally something that Barton Malow performs outside of its active construction projects, one of the 96-year-old construction Enterprise’s core values is to support the communities it builds in.
Barton Malow has partnered with the Museum in several ways, from its annual Up and Atom STEM fundraiser to supporting it during Barton Malow’s annual Community Week, which occurs during the first week of August.
The Science Museum of Virginia’s ownership was so impressed with the captured images that Barton Malow received a request to similarly capture its event spaces. Click here to see the images that were captured for the Museum’s virtual tour.