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Chrysler Museum of Art Selects KBS to Perform Construction Services

Posted on July 17, 2012 in News

KBS, Inc. is pleased to announce the firm has been selected by the Chrysler Museum of Art to perform construction services for renovations and a new addition, which will begin this month and is scheduled for completion in early 2014.

The expansion and renovation project will revamp the 155,200-square-foot, two-story Museum and add an additional 11,000 square feet of new gallery space in two new wings. This also includes associated landscaping and sitework. The additional space will enable the Museum to exhibit more works from its world-class collection and will provide opportunities to showcase new acquisitions. <p”>The café and catering facilities, according to the Museum’s press release in Virginia Business, will also be expanded and relocated to allow for more “dining options beyond the museum hours and outdoor seating.” The project will “improve visitor circulation and access, as well as upgrade antiquated heating and air conditioning systems to better preserve the collection” as well.

Designed by H&A Architects & Engineers of Virginia Beach, the additions will be on the front of the building, facing the Hague and will include relocating/rebuilding existing portico elements. The walls behind gardens flanking the main entrance would be brought forward approximately 40 feet.

“We are thrilled to have been selected by the Chrysler Museum of Art,” says John Gillenwater, Vice President of Business Development. “We look forward to working with the Museum to create a enhanced environment for its collection.”

The project is part of a $45 million capital campaign to expand the Chrysler Museum of Art’s facilities, which will include a new Glass Studio, expanding and renovating the current building, and endowing the Museum, of which “the museum has raised $41.5 million” (Virginia Business).

The Chysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums with a world-class collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America.