Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

New York, NY

Project Details


Wank, Adams, Slavin Architects

In recent years, cracks and movement of the exterior walls have been discovered on Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fifth Avenue building, resulting in the museum’s decision to undertake an extensive assessment. The museum commissioned Robert Silman Associates to perform an assessment of the structural condition of the original 1959 portion of the building.

Silman was involved in numerous aspects of the building assessment including development of a monitoring plan to determine the movement of this complex structure, laser scanning to document the building’s unusual geometry, non-destructive testing and material testing to determine the building’s construction, and development of a finite element model of the building’s main rotunda.

Design services included the development of proposed structural restoration options, peer reviews, documentation preparation, and construction administration. Following the building assessment, Silman completed a comprehensive restoration of the museum’s exterior.

2008 SEAoNY Distinction in Structural Engineering Award
2008 New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award
2009 Preservation League of New York State Excellence in Historic Preservation Award
2009 ACEC NY Engineering Excellence Platinum Award
2009 International Concrete Repair Institute Award of Excellence for Excellence in the Repair of Low Rise Structures

Categories: Museums, Renovation