This marquee cultural project includes a new 117,000-square-foot addition and over 90,000 square feet of remodeling within the existing museum.
The central focus of the new addition is a 3-story entry atrium with a grand staircase and Venetian plaster dome ceiling. A trademark Graves-designed reception hall with a massive curved wood ceiling and maple wall panels adorns the third floor. Other features include a new library, art restoration labs, photography storage areas, classrooms and new loading docks. The concrete structure supports an exterior pre-cast skin that is clad with cast-in-place two inch Jura limestone imported from Germany.
The museum was kept fully operational while renovating the existing gallery and office spaces, which added significant complexity to the project. JE Dunn coordinated a 12-phase construction plan to minimize disruption and maintain staff productivity. Remodeled areas include the gift shop, main lobby, galleries, phone bank, conference rooms and bathrooms.
- 2007 Award of Excellence, Minnesota Construction Association