Museum Construction and Renovation

We participate on construction design teams and do environmental planning for collections – museums, archives, and libraries – and plan for the protection of collections during construction.

Our participation in construction projects usually starts with a walk-through of collections to ascertain their environmental sensitivities and overall condition, and measurements of the existing environment. Knowing that many architects, engineers, and designers who are hired to work on museums and other collections are not necessarily museum specialists, we make a point of discussing the ways in which museums have different requirements than other types of buildings, particularly in issues of safety.

 

renovation

 

SELECTED PROJECTS

New Jersey State Museum, 2003-2006: Member of design team for complete renovation of museum building, supervised protection of collections.

Hyde Collection: Consultation on HVAC systems, protection of collections during construction, relighting of interior of historic house museum. (Click to view case study)

The Newark Museum: Consultation on building project, treatment of more than eighty pieces for re-installation in new and renovated buildings; conservation assessment, Folk Art survey.

Clara Barton Apartment, DC: Consultation on mold mitigation, renovation, and HVAC. Collection survey.

Harn Museum, University of Florida: Consultation on new Asian Art wing – environment, lighting, building materials and finishes, storage design.

Thaw Wing, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY: Consultation on design of exhibition and storage areas, lighting, and HVAC. Designed visible storage/classroom space.