Planning Process Overview

The purpose of this website is to provide you with sufficient information about the Standardized Energy Education Exhibits and the site work required for their installation, enabling you to develop a preliminary project scope, obtain cost estimates, and determine a project schedule.

Project Planning Support

This website includes many tools for project scoping and budgeting. Strada will serve as the primary point of contact for the project and is available to answer general questions as you learn about the project and exhibits during Steps 1 and 2 below.

See below for more information on how to obtain additional services to support project planning.

Step 1: Learn about the Project: Pre-Planning

You have already taken the first step, which is to learn about the project. This website will be a helpful tool for you as you begin planning your exhibit and changes to your facilities. It outlines the planning process; explains the storyline of the exhibits; provides detailed photos, renderings and drawings of exhibit units; and offers guidance for improvements to your facility. By contacting, you can obtain additional assistance on all aspects of the project, including message and target audience; story continuity; coordination with existing exhibits; coordination with existing conditions and required site improvements; permitting (if applicable); scheduling and budgeting.

Step 2: Learn about the Exhibits

During the second step, you will take a closer look at the exhibits—their design, content, graphics, media, fixtures, equipment, and costs. All of this information is available in the Exhibits section of this website. You will also find information about readying your building and building systems for exhibits as well as interior finish upgrades that should be considered.

Step 3: Definition of Project Scope

After taking an in-depth look at the exhibits, you are now prepared to define the expectations for your exhibit project and to establish a preliminary project scope, cost and schedule. Tasks include site selection, a site conditions assessment including evaluation of existing exhibits, development of a preliminary exhibit concept plan, scoping of site improvement requirements, and obtaining cost estimates.

Please download sample exhibit concept plans for reference.

Step 4: Project Funding

At this point, you are prepared to seek funding for your project using the preliminary exhibit concept plan, defined scope of exhibit and site work, and project budget and schedule for all costs and all work.

Step 5: Exhibit Coordination

With project funding secured, you are now ready to complete the exhibit coordination. Contact for more information on obtaining company-specific graphics and to make modifications to the design necessary to integrate the new exhibits seamlessly with existing exhibits. NEI can provide a referral to an image acquisition specialist who will be able to assist you with licensing of digital assets, including images and videos. You may also wish to consult with other industry peers who are planning exhibit upgrades or new Energy Education Centers. Significant cost savings can be achieved if concurrent or “volume” orders are placed. Following these steps you will be able to enter into an agreement with Art Guild Inc. for fabrication and installation of exhibits.

Step 6: Site Preparation

Coordination of exhibit requirements with site preparation work by other design consultants and building trades is required. The exhibits have specific power, data, and lighting requirements. Their permanent installation will reconfigure the floor plan, may require changes to the mechanical, electrical, and life safety systems, and can change the legal occupancy for spaces where exhibits are installed. Typically this work must be completed prior to the installation of exhibits.

Step 7: Exhibit Fabrication, Shipping and Installation

The last step is the completion of exhibit fabrication, shipping, installation, and commissioning by Art Guild Inc. At the end of this step, you will have a modern, vibrant energy education exhibit that will attract and inform a whole new generation about the energy industry.

Process Checklist

An expanded process checklist showing these steps and specific tasks can be downloaded for planning purposes. This list identifies team members, tools and tasks from project inception to completion.

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