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Zoo Knoxville

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Zoo Knoxville

Educating visitors about reptiles and amphibians through

Conservation, Beauty, Stewardship, and Discovery.

Dimensional Innovations was selected by Zoo Knoxville to design and fabricate their new Amphibian and Reptile Center (ARC) and otter habitat interpretive experiences, which opened to the public in April of 2021.

 

Amphibians and reptiles can be truly spectacular creatures when they emerge from their environment, but how do you build an engaging visitor experience dedicated to these elusive animals? With the themes of Conservation, Beauty, Stewardship, and Discovery as the leading ideals, DI’s main directive was to create a space that is fun, exciting, and highly interactive, while educating and intriguing the public about these amazing creatures that usually get a bad rap. The ARC features a mixture of immersive digital and built elements that provide unique-to-setting opportunities for learning about the zoo’s inhabitants.

 

Both adults and children can discover and learn about the animals through the many digital and physical interactives throughout the space, including: 1) the “Croakers” frog lifecycle game, in which you start as a tadpole and try to make it to frog-dom; 2) the hands-on Snake Table that allows you to see with infrared snake vision, handle oversized snake jaws to see how they hinge, and and animate the ways different snakes move; and 3) the Create-a-Herp immersive theater, a curved, 270-degree immersive space where visitors can create their own “herp” creature and set it free in one of three different environments: forest, river, or desert, to see how it fares in the wild.

270º

Immersive space where visitors can create their own "herp"

80+

Reptile and amphibian species call the ARC home

 

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Carole Hollman

Carole Hollman

Practice Director - Culture

With over 13 years of experience in the museum design/build world, Carole has successfully led and facilitated large-scale exhibit and interpretive projects of national importance around the country for over a decade. Carole’s passion... more about Carole Hollman Carole Hollman Carole Hollman Practice Director - Culture

With over 13 years of experience in the museum design/build world, Carole has successfully led and facilitated large-scale exhibit and interpretive projects of national importance around the country for over a decade. Carole’s passion for storytelling and her love of the non-profit, educational world make her a natural and compassionate leader in this field. Her combined skills and professional experience make her a powerful listener, communicator, client liaison, internal and external group facilitator, conceptual thinker, visionary, and team leader.

Having spent 20+ years in a number of different creative and educational fields, she brings an added design mentality and the benefits of cross-industry experience to any project. She has an extensive background across a wide range of fields, including: Museum and Exhibit Design and Fabrication; Software Design and Development; Healthcare and Healthcare Education/Certification; Professional and Continuing Education; and K-12 Educational Design.

As the project leader, Carole’s main goal is to assemble the best team for each project, set them up for highest success, and let them do what they do best, while staying personally involved at a high level from beginning to end. Notable past projects include: The Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum; Wonderscope Children’s Museum; UNMC McGoogan Library Wigton Heritage Center; Dane G. Hansen Museum; Zoo Knoxville, KidScape at the Johnson County Museum, and the Kansas Museum of History.

Jenni Dold

Jenni Dold

Associate Account Director

Jenni Dold has 15 years of account management and design project management experience, working with both museums and national brands to conceptualize and bring to life multifaceted campaigns through a combination of physical and digital... more about Jenni Dold Jenni Dold Jenni Dold Associate Account Director

Jenni Dold has 15 years of account management and design project management experience, working with both museums and national brands to conceptualize and bring to life multifaceted campaigns through a combination of physical and digital user experiences. Her role as liaison between clients and internal content developers, including researchers, writers and designers, allows her a comprehensive view of the entire project at any given time, ensuring a seamless process where nothing slips through the cracks along the way. Jenni is particularly adept at thinking several steps ahead, anticipating and side-stepping potential obstacles before they arise.

 
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