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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Bloch Impressionist Galleries Renovation

In 1989, JE Dunn completed a sculpture garden that flanks the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and included new trees, ground cover, flowers, and walkways on the south lawn area covering about 16 acres. 

In 2001, JE Dunn provided construction services for the multi-phased expansion and renovation of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Museum’s first expansion since it opened in 1933. Designed by world-renowned Steven Holl Architects, this newly remodeled museum creates an experience pleasing to both the mind and eyes. The journey begins with a 2-level, below-grade, 457-car garage with a precast “wave” effect and 34 recessed circular glass “moons” giving way to the One Sun/34 Moons sculpture on the reflecting pool located above the garage.

Upon entering the new 162,579 SF Henry W. and Marion H. Bloch Gallery of Art Museum, visitors are visually transported through several galleries, each designed with glass lenses allowing a computer-adjustable light source. With art collections ranging from 1,000 A.D. to the present, temperature requirements are critical. In order to maintain the correct humidity level, an interactive HVAC system was installed, thereby allowing the system to accommodate changes in the humidity levels throughout the museum.

Additionally, space for art classrooms and studios were greatly expanded, roughly tripling in size, allowing the museum to strengthen its leadership in education and community outreach. Approximately 160,000 SF of additional renovation will occur throughout the project