Arts Center Renovation
KJWW provided engineering design for Laumeier Sculpture Park’s new Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center and the renovation of the park’s estate house into the new Kranzberg Education Lab.
The $4-million, 7,500-square-foot arts center doubles the park’s capacity for indoor programs and events and enables Laumeier to grow its presence as a national and international leader in contemporary arts programming. The barn-shaped building features a large indoor gallery, reception area, collections storage, conservation space, and event facilities.
The arts center MEP systems were installed in a highly complex architectural and structural system driven by the needs of the space. Maximum coordination with the project team ensured the systems were properly integrated. Exhibit lighting utilized LED in lieu of traditional incandescents to help minimize energy use and reduce the cooling needs of the HVAC system, which included AHUs and rooftop units with VAV.
The $1-million estate house renovation has provided spacious studios and meeting spaces for classes, lectures and workshops, and allows the park to offer year-round education programs and rental spaces for events. Rooms include a visitor’s resource center, multi-purpose classroom, painting studio, clay studio, and media room. Staff offices are on the second floor.
The estate house renovation required careful and coordinated routing of new mechanical and electrical systems through a 1917 structure not designed to house these types of systems. New bulkheads, chases, and structural lintels concealed the systems in an aesthetically pleasing way. Concealed receptacles, data outlets, fire alarm devices, and emergency egress path lighting – which rotate out of the wall when needed – also were used.
Award: AIA Central States Regional Excellence in Architecture Honor Award, 2016