BAY CITY (WJRT) -
(05/15/14) - A local company played a role in helping to bring the 9/11 Museum together.
Niche Design helped create parts of the exhibits on display in New York.
Niche Design is based out of Bay City and has a fabricating shop in Saginaw. The company says it was honored to play a role in the historical museum.
Giant walls are on display in New York at the 911 memorial museum.
They were created in Saginaw and help tell the story of the moments leading up to the devastating Sept. 11 tragedy.
Marookeh Nahikian, owner of Niche Design, says his company was contacted by a Washington Firm to complete the honorable task. "We were in charge of coating all of the exhibitry platforms backdrops and printed panels with a special concrete formula," Nahikian said. "The designers had a vision in their mind exactly what they wanted everything to be."
"It was fascinating to go through that process," said Martin Roznowski, of Niche Design.
It was a three year process - and work was intense. "Every panel, every square foot of concrete was looked at with a microscope and an LED flashlight. We were having to touch up constantly," Nahikian said.
"We seen it progress from open floor space, to walls starting to go up, exhibits coming in, the fire trucks," Roznowski said.
A worthy cause to honor a day America will never forget. "We've worked on some high profile projects across the U.S. and abroad. To be a part of this project was very meaningful for us," Roznowski said. "Very proud to be a part of the history."
"This museum is going to be around for a long time it's also very sensitive - it's difficult and emotional," Nahikian said.
Niche Design has worked on several notable exhibits, including the Jewish Children's Museum in New York and the National Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta.