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Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge: Outdoor Exhibits Design and Build

wildlife refuge water birdsSurrounded by Nevada desert, the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge in Lincoln County, Nevada is an ecological oasis of lakes, marshes, wet meadows and desert uplands, located on the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south migratory route for hundreds of different species of waterfowl, raptors, songbirds, fish and mammals including several endangered and threatened species.  They are now seeking a contractor to design, illustrate, fabricate and install 13 exterior interpretive exhibits for its trails and the design and fabrication of their pedestals or other mounting systems.

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge Outdoor Exhibits

Surrounded by Nevada desert, the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge (PNWR) in Lincoln County, Nevada is a 5,380 acre ecological oasis of lakes, marshes, wet meadows and desert uplands. It is located on the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south migratory route along the western coast of the United States. Designated by The Nature Conservancy as one of the nation's prime biological "hotspots," the Refuge is an essential stopover for hundreds of different species of waterfowl, raptors, songbirds, fish and mammals including several endangered and threatened species.

The Refuge opened a new visitor center in 2015. The facility was designed in close cooperation with the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) and exhibits explore themes related to the Mojave Desert, its rare wetlands, and the long human relationship with the landscape. The facility is not open 7 days per week, and because of this, we rely on outdoor exhibits to provide a visitor center "experience" for the 30,000 visitors that stop by the refuge each year.

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge has a need for the design, illustration, fabrication, and installation of 13 exterior interpretive exhibits for its trails and the design and fabrication of their pedestals or other mounting systems.  Wind speeds in southern Nevada regularly reach 20 miles per hour with several events reaching 30 miles per hour. Annually there may be a storm with winds reach 60 miles per hour. Displays will be in the open and exposed to strong desert sun conditions.

These exterior exhibits will be a multi-sensory, interactive experience for visitors. They will include interpretive panels (1/each) with illustrations and high quality photography and sculptural bases and mounting systems. Exhibits shall also include 3D elements such as models and tactile reliefs, kinesthetic elements that allow visitors to move or manipulate parts, and components that create or play sound. We envision that these components will be built off of the interpretive panel and its mount. Exhibits need to be designed for all desert weather conditions and for ease of maintenance and repair.

Interested contractors should download the contract documents at this link.

Deadline for the receipt of completed tenders: 22 May 2018

Contact:
Karl Lautzenheiser
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contracting and General Services Region 8
Eastside Federal Complex
911 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, Oregon  97232-4181
karl_lautzenheiser@fws.gov





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