Client: The Brooklyn Museum
Project: Museum, Collections Storage and Auditorium and New Galleries and Art Storage
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Services Performed: Project Management
Architect: Arata Isozaki/James Steward, Polshek & Partners
Projected Year of Completion: 1992
Budget: Available upon request.
Project Size and Special Interest Areas: 115,000 s.f.
- Gallery Space 50,000 s.f.
- Art Storage Areas 40,000 s.f.
- Mechanical Plants 12,500 s.f.
- New Auditorium 12,500 s.f.
Special Design Features/Comments: This is a landmarked institution constructed in the 1890’s, which required total renovation and rehabilitation including all new M.E.P. systems with a particular emphasis on climate control sensitivity and of course, aesthetic excellence. It was a phased project carried out in four stages. Throughout the entire project the museum continued to operate normally. This was a particular challenge due to the sensitive nature of the collection, which cannot be subjected to dust, vibrations or swings in humidity and temperature. The project also necessitated a very sizable asbestos removal contract. Since opening the New Cantor Auditorium has received much public acclaim and several prestigious awards in the architectural press world.
SHA was the main liaison on behalf of the Museum between the City of New York, the design and construction teams. We managed all aspects of the project for the institution including the control of time, cost, quality and administration. We represented the various departments within the Museum and put forth their best interests in dealing with all other team participants. The project was carried out using a public/private initiative.
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