• Capabilities: Construction Management and Site Supervision, Program and Project Controls
  • Sectors: Public Sector

Harvard Art Museums

Cambridge, MA, United States - Recognized as one of the top university museums in the U.S., the Harvard Art Museums bring the 250,000 works of three separate museums under the same roof for the first time.

40%

more gallery space

3

museums combined into 1

There is no other museum installation in which three distinct permanent collections are so fully integrated. Renzo Piano, a world-renowned architect, redesigned the Harvard Art Museums to remove traditional boundaries and to instead juxtapose works from different cultures, time periods and mediums ― a model of cross-pollination that may shape a whole new generation of curatorial practice.

The Fogg Museum’s 86-year-old facade and courtyard are intact and restored, but much of the space inside has been reconstructed. The Busch-Reisinger Museum was razed and replaced by a building that combines it with the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, which was originally located across the street. The Fogg and the new building are connected by a vertical glass seam.

For this project, Arcadis provided project management services, including technical support for all phases of the project, development of the master project schedule and budget, and cost estimation. We are proud to have helped preserve the Museums’ historic character while embracing cutting-edge design and technology.

A contemporary space that integrates the community.

The Museums now include 40% more gallery space, an expanded art study center, classrooms and a conservation lab that is recognized as one of the finest in North America. A new glass roof that fills the courtyard with natural light and features an intricate system of shades that allows staff to control the kind and amount of light brightening the galleries and conservation labs.

Setting the Standard for Green Building in a Museum Setting

Consistent with the university’s commitment to sustainability, this renovation and expansion allowed the Museums to reach LEED Gold certification two months after opening, setting the standard for energy conservation and green building in a museum setting. Among its eco-friendly features are a giant skylight that reduces the need for artificial light and helps to regulate the interior temperature, energy-efficient LED bulbs that illuminate the installations in the galleries, and a cutting-edge water recovery system shared by the neighboring Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. In addition, 98% of all construction-related waste was diverted from landfills.

Viewed as a whole, the Museums present us with a canvas of light, an accessible and connected 21st century institution for teaching and learning.

Outcomes

40%

more gallery space

3

museums combined into 1

>250,000

works of art

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