The first phase of this project was the renovation of the existing facility and an expansion that more than doubled its size. This expansion consisted of a new lobby, museum store, 25 foot high contemporary art exhibit space, Native American exhibit space and two special exhibition areas. The second phase was the new Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts featuring a stunning $3.5 million glass collection with masterpieces by Dale Chihuly, Richard Jolley, William Carlson and others, as well as 3D art by some of the most talented artists in contemporary art. Showcased in 3,500 SF of gallery space are 113 pieces, 70 from the Palley’s collection, as well as works contributed by Janet and Joseph Shein, Joan Baxt and Bernie Bercuson.
Additionally, the scope included extensions of existing electro-mechanical systems and high-end finishes for all gallery areas. The challenging factors in this project were related to coordinating construction around an operating facility and providing tenant protection to assure these existing collections were not damaged during construction.