THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM

JBA CONTINUES ITS LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP AS THIS UNIQUE FACILITY EXPANDS

When they first began to think about a museum dedicated to World War II, historians Stephen Ambrose and Dr. Gordon H. ‘Nick’ Mueller wondered how they could make this war real to new generations. Could they keep the sacrifice and valor of ‘the Greatest Generation’ alive even as the last veterans passed on?

JBA Trusted Advisors™ Rob Pourciau and Steven Fisher have offered technology consulting to the New Orleans-based WWII Museum since 1999 (before they joined JBA). They started with the integration of the security, telecomm and data systems in the original building, then helped them move into digital, network-based audio and video as the campus grew.

challenge

Since the Museum opened on June 6, 2000, its mission has been to tell the story of the war in a very compelling way. “Our young people can hear from soldiers who, at the time, were 18 or 19 years old, but went over there and did all these incredible things,” explains Robert Farnsworth, Senior Vice President of Capital Programs.

the solutions

A team headed by Fisher has designed security, surveillance and telecom/data systems for every building and exhibit on the Museum campus, while Pourciau came on board helping with the audio system for Beyond All Boundaries and designing and integrating the audio and video technology in the adjoining Stage Door Canteen, a 1940s-style nightclub.

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By the time the Air, Land and Sea Pavilion opened in 2013, both had joined JBA. Under their guidance, the National World War II Museum has seen:

“It really is an honor that the Museum has had enough confidence and trust in us to turn over these projects,” Pourciau says. “They have an all-star creative team, the very best of the best in our industry.”

Farnsworth explains that “Our facility is the prototype for what museums are going to look like in the future and how they’re going to be successful. Technology and immersive environments are becoming absolutely necessary in any museum to tell a meaningful, memorable story.”

 

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