Bal Seal, Canted Coil Spring and History Exhibition
Bal Seal Engineering manufactures canted coil springs and seals. What pray tell is a canted coil spring? This very question is at the core of the exhibitions within the Bal Seal 150,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Colorado Springs. Bal Seal is the world leader in research, design and manufacturing of round, doughnut-shaped springs that are used in aerospace, automotive, medical equipment and dozens of applications that touch our lives everyday. Communicating this to Bal Seal’s own workers, clients and public were at the core of developing and designing a series of exhibits that make human connections to the importance of these little parts.
Founded in the kitchen of a young engineering couple, Bal Seal is also a truly American manufacturing story – a coming-to-America tale of freedom-seeking, opportunity, creativity and industry. The first facility of the company was in a tiny part of a WWII quonset hut, smaller than the size of the exhibition case telling its story. The quonset became a centerpiece of the exhibition design and interpretation.
Studio Tectonic provided content development, design, media integration, object handling/mounting, fabrication and installation. Close collaboration was critical with corporate founders, CEO and leadership. Completion was timed with the opening of the facility in 2014. CSNA Architects provided design of the facility.
Bal Seal Engineering
Colorado Springs, CO
Audio | Video
Science | Natural History | Technology