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BJAC Project Receives 2007 Golden Leaf Award

Raleigh, NC, September 08, 2007 --( Lou Jurkowski, chief executive officer of BJAC, p.a., one of the largest woman-owned design firms in the Southeast, has announced that the N.C. Museum of Life & Science received a 2007 Golden Leaf Merit Award for the “Explore the Wild” exhibit, a project designed by BJAC. The project was honored by the Durham City-County Appearance Commission in the Community Properties category among nine other properties as one of the best visual contributions to the community.

BJAC was responsible for the Bioquest II phase of the museum’s expansion, including the “Explore the Wild” exhibit as well as renovations to the existing building, site improvements to support access for visitors and school groups and the “Catch the Wind” exhibits, which opened in June. The design concept added to the natural terrain in an inhabited wetland area to include features that allow hands-on learning such as a sailboat pond, animal habitats and observation facilities, and a boardwalk descending into the wetlands. The expansion also included two visitor centers, a parking lot expansion, a new museum entrance and a dinosaur trail. The firm provided the design of support structures and exhibit buildings as well as management of engineers, landscape architects, exhibit designers and animal enclosure specialists. For more information about the N.C. Museum of Life & Science, please visit

“We are pleased to be involved with this outstanding educational project at the N.C. Museum of Life & Science,” said Jurkowski. “The challenges of working within a protected wetland environment were met with top-notch expertise from our talented staff and the team, and we are proud of the exceptional result.”

“This expansion opens up a whole new world to visitors as we continue to promote learning through hands-on science,” said Roy Griffiths, vice president for exhibits at the museum. “We are honored to receive this award from the Appearance Commission and are pleased with the services that the BJAC team provided on this project.”

About BJAC:
BJAC, p.a. is one of the largest woman-owned design firms in the Southeast. Established in 1994 by CEO and Managing Principal Lou Jurkowski, the firm specializes in healthcare, K-20 education, research and museum projects. BJAC provides a broad range of in-depth services to its clients, including pre-design, programming, design, master planning, construction management, interior design, contract administration and design build. With offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, the firm has completed more than 450 projects to date, ranging in size from less than 5,000 to more than 400,000 sq. ft. For more information, please call BJAC at 919-833-8818 or visit

About N.C. Museum of Life & Science:
Located in Durham, the Museum of Life and Science is creating a place of lifelong learning where young children to senior citizens embrace science as a way of knowing about ourselves, our community and our world. Offering hands-on, interactive learning in a distinctive indoor and outdoor setting, over 250,000 visitors, including 80,000 school-aged children, enjoy nationally recognized education programs in the physical and life sciences. Ranked eighth in North Carolina for field trips by Field Trip Magazine and fourth in the Southeast for family fun (Family Fun Magazine), the Museum provides both an indoor and outdoor science experience. It is located on 70 acres with 90,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space and several acres of outdoor features including a farmyard, playground and wild animal exhibits. For more information, please visit

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