Museum of Art Finalist for Building of America Award
Story posted January 11, 2008
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art's renovation and expansion project has been nominated for Real Estate & Construction Review magazine's Building of America Award.
The magazine says nominees are chosen based on innovation, uniqueness, editorial merit and how the project makes a difference in its community. The awards will be announced in December 2008.
The Museum celebrated its public re-opening on October 14, 2007, following a two-year, $20.8 million renovation and expansion of the Walker Art Building.
The design, by architects Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, integrates the Museum's traditional features with a dramatic new entry pavilion, an inviting glass curtain wall, and a complete renovation of the entire interior of the building.
Museum of Art Renovation Project
The Walker Art Building renovation is among the top-priority building projects of The Bowdoin Campaign, which ends in 2009. These projects will have a dramatic impact on student life, reflecting the needs and interests of our diverse and talented student body.
This includes an underground expansion, which provides 63 percent more space than the original building while preserving the landmark structure. The number of galleries has been increased from nine to fourteen.
Other improvements include enhanced visitor access, a new classroom, an upgraded climate control system, and a state-of-the-art storage facility.
The expansion and renovation project — part of the ongoing $250 million Bowdoin Campaign enhances the Museum's role as a central component in campus life and the leading edge of arts and culture at Bowdoin.
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