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Facility Integrates Memorabilia Displays Into Structural Elements

If the objective when displaying memorabilia is to invoke feelings of pride and reverence, you want the displays to be on a par with the collection of trophies, plaques and hallowed sports equipment they hold.

McDaniel College's Klitzberg Pavilion (Photo by J. Brough Schamp Photography)McDaniel College's Klitzberg Pavilion (Photo by J. Brough Schamp Photography)

If the objective when displaying memorabilia is to invoke feelings of pride and reverence, you want the displays to be on a par with the collection of trophies, plaques and hallowed sports equipment they hold. One method employed in several facilities designed by Baltimore-based architects Marshall Craft Associates Inc. is to integrate displays with the building's more monumental structural elements. At McDaniel College's Klitzberg Pavilion, columns incorporate memorabilia alcoves that are designed to appear carved from the limestone. Each alcove connects to the building's air supply to help keep dust from collecting and is fronted with a large sheet of non-glare glass affixed with a StandOff mounting system. Since six pins must be uncapped and unscrewed to remove the glass, the alcoves are best reserved for more permanent displays - long-lasting LED bulbs are recommended, the designers say, and game balls that will deflate over time should be avoided.

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