The project includes programming, master planning and designing an expansion and renovation that focus on supporting the institution’s goals. These include providing a chronologically sequenced narrative thread for exhibits addressing “change through time,” improving and expanding the entry experience, and incorporating collections and research into exhibitions.
New program spaces include an expanded entry lobby and cafeteria, new exhibit galleries and education spaces. The museum will grow to about 246,000 square feet, plus a 95,000-square-foot parking garage.
A key goal involves helping the museum become a showcase for sustainability, in terms of stewardship of the earth’s resources, while making sustainable design and practice part of the visitor experience. The museum will seek LEED Platinum Certification from the United States Green Building Council.