Visual RISES to the Occasion

It’s that time of year again…back to school! Other than learning and all that jazz, Neumann University students have another reason to be excited. A brand new library awaited them at the outset of the semester. Major renovations took place over the summer to transform the traditional library to a dynamic, leading-edge learning environment.

Visual has been a valued vendor of Neumann University (neighbors who reside just down the road) for many years.  When approached about designing and producinga ‘feature wall’ in the new library, Visual was eager to participate.

Visual started, almost a year ago, with designs that included concepts such as a ‘living’ wall of greenery, dimensional doves, water wall, stained glass and flying books.

Eventually, Neumann landed on a design that they felt encompassed ‘RISES’, the acronym for their core values- Reverence, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Stewardship.

These words feature prominently on the wall along with the Neumann seal. The highlight of the wall is a large scale San Damiano cross, which reflects the school’s Franciscan mission

Visual worked closely with Neumann’s project manager,Russ Hart, and the director of the library, Tiffany McGregor, as well as the architectural firm handling the rest of the renovations.  It was a positive experience for all that resulted in an inspiring backdrop to the awesome new facility.