Space: The Final Front Door

USRA, Space

Universities Space Research Association




Crossing the threshold of the new USRA headquarters, you get the sense of entering another dimension. Highly reflective surfaces like black glass, automobile-finish white panels and glossy grey floors create a feel of expansiveness and depth, echoing the infinite breadth of the galaxies.
USRA, an independent nonprofit organization that works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics and engineering, sought to describe for university, private sector and government visitors its complex mission and how it integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations.
USRA’s designer Hickok Cole conceived a lobby, work spaces, teaming areas and a café – and it engaged Xibitz to articulate and implement its design intent for the introductory exhibit.

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[Forward-looking collaboration.

USRA has more than 100 member universities and employs more than 400 scientific, technical and professional staff at its headquarters and six co-located NASA Centers. ]


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[Sophisticated displays for cutting-edge themes.

Recent discoveries are linked by USRA to advance space-related sciences through innovative research, technology and education while promoting space policy and raising awareness among university, private sector and government stakeholders. ]


X: on this project:

Design, Hickok Cole

Cost Estimating

Artifact & Image Matrix

Project Management

Sub-consultant Coordination

Contractor Coordination

Facility Interface Coordination

Media, Lighting & Design Solutions

Artifact Mounting

Production & Installation


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USRA, Space

From design refinement through installation, the Xibitz team delivered a highly refined and sophisticated display that mimics the tight tolerances and crisp design of spacecrafts.


USRA, Space

Free-standing walls describe USRA-related disciplines, including planetary science, earth science and space nuclear power.


USRA, Space

Display walls feature touch screen monitors; backlit graphics; and artifact cases with specimens like moon rocks and meteors, and sophisticated observation equipment like x-ray and parabolic mirrors.



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