Boston Museum of Science

Ceiling-Mounted LED array is the first of its kind, spanning two wings of the museum

The Boston Museum of Science (BMOS) is a science museum and indoor zoo in Boston, Massachusetts, located in Science Park, a plot of land spanning the Charles River. Diversified’s Digital Media Group was contracted by Barco to install 490 ceiling-mounted LED tiles on the walkway bridge of the museum, which spans two wings of the museum on the edge of the main lobby. The video display required that front access kits be installed throughout the array for service access. Diversified was also engaged to design engineering services and fabrication of the head-end system.

The install involved a new product for Barco and Diversified – the Barco X2.7 tile. This was only the second installation of this product performed in the US to date and the first one to be ceiling-mounted. Product delivery struggles and construction delays resulted in Diversified’s portion of the install to happen after the museum re-opened the area to the public, causing the company to shift all resources to overnight hours. Existing site conditions created challenges as well as on-site re-work of the entire mounting structure / unistrut bridging that supported the entire LED array.

Diversified worked closely with the Barco and BMOS teams to achieve a very aggressive install schedule to meet the client’s deadline. Extensive bridging was implemented on-site to accommodate for existing infrastructure not accounted for in the initial design. Diversified completed all contract work and additional requested scope, including installation of a last-minute custom trim bezel that was added days before the grand opening.