Meow Wolf Convergence Station: Numina


Award of Merit

Submitted By: KHS&S Contractors, West

Owner: Meow Wolf

Lead Design Firm: Shears Adkins Rockmore

General Contractor: Turner Construction

Structural Engineer: Ficcadenti Waggoner & Castle Structural Engineers

Theming | Rockwork: KHS&S Contractors, West

Numina is one of the signature spaces of the immersive Meow Wolf art center. Designed as a massive, psychedelic, six-dimensional swamp, the rockwork’s fluid shapes transform into organic vines that appear to move through lighting and sound. The exhibit interconnects with passageways, caves and portals telling stories through nontraditional art. Mechanical and electrical system installation began with the three-story, 6,000-sq-ft space already drywalled and framed. When KHS&S joined the project, there was a partially completed small-scale model for the overall design, but electrical lines and junction boxes, HVAC system elements and mounts for artistic elements had not yet been placed. The team worked to strategically conceal electrical and ventilation components within the contours of 30,000 sq ft of artistic rockwork. KHS&S provided local carpenters and craftspeople with training in the specialty techniques of rockwork, theme painting, plastering and curved surfaces, helping to expand their range of skills for future construction challenges.