Honoring the Past – Building the Future:

Saint Louis University Selects Sandbox Creative to Design and Install History Wall of Honor

Every August marks the beginning of a new school year for Saint Louis University. New students walk the campus, excited, unsure, anxious, and eager. They embrace the next stage of their academic journey. For many, it is the first time away from home, the first time away from family.

Every September marks the annual tradition of homecoming week at Saint Louis University. New empty-nester parents reunite with their children in a show of support and sympathy to share experiences with each other’s new roles in life.

Parks College at Saint Louis University has chosen this as the perfect time of year to showcase and honor academics and achievement by recognizing individual alumni for their post-graduate accomplishments. These alumni’s impacts in the fields of engineering, technology, and aviation is simply impressive. Their profound impact on our world includes landing a man on the moon, having the first woman pilot fly a 747, and preparing several graduates to become NASA astronauts.

In 2007, Parks College selected Sandbox Creative to design and install a history wall that told the entire Parks College story from its 1927 humble beginnings to the present day. As a part of this ever-growing display, Sandbox Creative has the opportunity to tell the stories of two individuals each year, as their stories are added to the wall.

“The people that have been a part of Parks—the teachers, the students—are nothing short of amazing,” says Dave Cox, founder of Sandbox Creative. “I’m simply blown away by the fact that so many graduates have been a integral part of NASA’s development over the years. To be asked to showcase such incredible people and their contributions is quite the honor.”

Sandbox Creative looks forward to this project each and every year.

 

THE TIMELINE:

January
Initial meetings with key stakeholders to define scope and identify:
• significant artifacts
• possible photos
• key historic moments on campus
• unique campus visitors
• meaningful contributions
• logo evolution
• important organizations
• history timeline written

February
Initial designs are presented

March
Final design approved and historic accuracy is crosschecked

April, May, June
Preliminary high resolution graphic preparation work begins as well as securing missing artifacts or replacing artifacts or locating additional artifacts, photos, logo, and graphics

July
Wall preparation begins and walk through with the facilities department and the fire marshall

August
Graphics are printed and installation begins

September
Final walk through with the key stakeholders and the ribbon cutting during SLU Homecoming

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