Durango, CO – The Powerhouse Science Center’s Board of Directors approved the selection of Wayne LaBar as the new Executive Director of the science center. Wayne assumed the role as of April 16th 2018.

Wayne brings to the Powerhouse over 30 years of experience working at museums and science centers including having been the Director of Exhibits for five years at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA and Vice President of Exhibitions and Theaters for eleven years at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. In both of these positions Wayne served on the senior leadership team, led major exhibit and program renewals that received national acclaim and was a critical key to their success.

Most recently Wayne founded Alchemy Studio, an independent design and development firm, seven years ago, which has worked internationally as well as nationally. Much of the recent work that his studio focused on included developing and designing maker spaces and programs where children and families could explore and tinker with creating things.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better leader to guide the next phase of the Powerhouse Science Center’s development,” said Board President Jeff Susor. “Wayne brings an incredible level of experience and creativity in designing exhibit spaces and programs that invite community members of all ages into a new relationship with the world around them. We look forward to building on the accomplishments of those who transformed a shuttered power plant into a space for exploration and innovation.”

In addition to his extensive job experience Wayne is considered a leading thinker and innovator in the museum field. He has written numerous articles and co-edited a book on using technology in science centers. Wayne has served for the past four years as the President of the National Association for Museum Exhibition a Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums.

Wayne is joined in Durango by his three Labradors named Anejo, Blanco and Reposado.

About the Powerhouse Science Center

Located on the banks of the Animas River in an historic coal-fired steam-power AC generating plant, the Powerhouse Science Center presents a wide range of programs, exhibits, and activities designed to provide an entertaining and inspiring look at science — past, present, and future.

The Powerhouse Science Center is Southwest Colorado’s premier hands-on, interactive science center for all ages. Open year-round, the science center is a dynamic place for family adventures, school field trips, early childhood learning, special events, hanging around by the river, messing around with amazing technology, and just plain geeking out.

The Powerhouse’s most recent addition is the Maker Lab, a community facility that offers the ability for members to use a variety of professional and industrial tools and equipment to exercise the build it yourself spirit that Durango is known for.