Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn, NY

Project Details

Entrance Pavilion
24,000 sf

Polshek Partnership (now Ennead Architects)

Silman is the prime structural consultant for the implementation of the Brooklyn Museum Master Plan. Japanese Architect Arata Isozaki developed the 25-year plan in conjunction with The Polshek Partnership of New York City. Completed phases include the Cantor Auditorium, and the Schapiro Wing.

Phase I and II are complete. The recently completed Phase III consists of the re-introduction of a contemporary interpretation of the main entry steps that originally existed at the Eastern Parkway entrance of this McKim, Mead, and White National Historic Landmark. This phase was broken up into four stages directed at improving the entrance to the museum and the surrounding landscape. It included the interior renovation of Wing C and the temporary relocation of the entrance to the rear of Wing C during construction of the new main entrance.

The new entrance pavilion required that modern structure be built around, under and through historic structure while not disturbing its integrity or closing the museum to the public. A full basement was needed for new mechanical equipment beneath the addition, requiring underpinning to a level significantly below existing 5-footthick foundation walls and six main building piers supporting the grand colonnade. With traditional underpinning methods taken to new extremes and constant monitoring for movement and vibration, the basement excavation safely proceeded over 10 feet into undisturbed soil.

1995 AIA-NYS Excellence in Design Award
1995 NY Landmark Conservancy – Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award
NY Construction Best of 2004
2005 American Engineering Companies – New York Chapter Gold Award
2005 AIA NY Design Merit Award
2005 ACEC NY Engineering Excellence Award – Platinum Award

Categories: Museums, Renovation