Children’s Discovery Center Exhibits Will Incorporate Local and Regional Stories

Children’s Discovery Center Exhibits Will Incorporate Local and Regional Stories

Regional community members can help incorporate regional stories into Mosaic Life Care Foundation’s Children’s Discovery Center.

Feb. 20 – 23, the Foundation is hosting a series of Design Sessions that will bring together content experts and the Children’s Discovery Center’s project designers. Each session focuses on specific content envisioned for the space, drawing out ideas that can be further developed through the design team’s visualization process.

Julie Gaddie, PhD, president of the Foundation, said receiving input from community members is an important part of the design process.

“This is not just about a Children’s Discovery Center, it is about an investment in our story, the St. Joseph, Missouri story,” Gaddie said. “If we are going to build a healthy and thriving community where young people choose to live and grow in, we must stay focused on building community and regional pride.”

The Children’s Discovery Center is located at the Plymouth Building and will include more than 15 core exhibits, a traveling exhibit, birth to 18-month-old space, an exploratorium on the rooftop, gift shop and concessions. The project is led by M. Catton & Co., LLC, in partnership with Kraemer Design + Production, Inc.

Mark Catton, principal of M. Catton & Co., LLC, said community involvement is a unique aspect of the design process.

“Who better to interpret the traditions, histories and values of St. Joseph than the people who have made the community what it is today,” Catton said. “It is a very important job we have to take those stories and portray them in a three-dimensional way that will engage and inspire future community leaders.”

For more information, please call 816.271.7200.