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Columbus Museum of Art Renovation and Expansion

Columbus, Ohio

The Columbus Museum of Art boasts a collection that includes many examples of late nineteenth and earl y twentieth-century American and European modern works of art. The Museum recently completed a 10-year renovation and expansion project that re-imagined it for the twenty-first century. The culmination of the decade-long endeavor was the completion of the new 50,000 sf Margaret M. Walter Wing and renovation of a 1970s-era 40,000 sf addition to the original 1931 Beaux Arts-style building. The improvements to the facility include a new entrance, the re-located sculpture garden, a new café and museum store, increased and updated meeting and event space, and new gallery spaces for the museum's permanent collection and exhibitions.

EMH&T worked closely with DesignGroup, the project’s design architect and with MKSK, the project’s planning and landscape architect, to master plan the site to accommodate not only the new addition, but the re-located outdoor sculpture garden as well as a parking lot. Elements of the site master plan included identifying water quality, detention and drainage issues on the site, as well as assessing utility modifications and upgrades, utility conflicts with the planned expansion, and any necessary utility abandonments/relocations.

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