“ Kohler Ronan and Beyer Blinder Belle have collaborated on several unique projects, including
a comprehensive Master Plan for The Metropolitan Museum of Art and follow up projects, such as The Met Breuer. They know museums and the special requirements for curatorial and administrative environments and functions. Key to our success together has been their understanding that the design of engineering systems is not only equipment selection and sizing requirements; they know that their work must be fully integrated into a building, with a true appreciation of the architect’s and owner’s shared vision for a project. They are also resourceful and flexible, and understand that the design of a building, particularly a museum, is an iterative process where architecture and engineering solutions evolve together to achieve the best results. ”
— Jack Beyer, Beyer Blinder Belle
FEATURED WORK The Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York, NY
The Met Breuer | New York, NY
Mystic Seaport Museum | Mystic, CT
American Museum of Natural History | New York, NY
The Tenement Museum | New York, NY
Fairfield University of Art Museum | Fairfield, CT
Statue of Liberty Museum | New York, NY
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, New York
A Gothic Revival building originally designed by American architects Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould, the landmark Metropolitan Museum of Art began construction in 1880 and has never stopped. Over the last seventeen years, Kohler Ronan has enjoyed designing engineering systems in support of the Museum’s many construction projects across the multi-building facility. Stretching from 80th to 84th Streets, and with a footprint in excess of two million square feet, continual and careful attention is required to maintain this facility as a worldclass institution. Within our portfolio of completed projects for the Museum are New York’s quintessential meeting spot, the David H. Koch Plaza, and the Museum’s famed Costume Institute.
Architects David H. Koch Plaza, Olin Landscape Architects Costume Institute, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates 5
The David H. Koch Plaza Redesign of this highly-trafficked plaza included installation of new pavements, tree-shaded allées, casual seating, shade structures, custom and programmable granite fountains, featuring a subterranean pump room; entirely new, energy-efficient LED lighting, which serves to highlight the unique architectural features of the Museum’s façade; and finally, an imbedded snow melt system. The sum total of the renovations will enhance access to the Museum’s entrance for years to come. 7
The Costume Institute The Costume Institute houses a collection of over 35,000 costumes and accessories from the 15th century to the present day. The Institute is also home to the Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Libraryâ€”one of the worldâ€™s most renowned fashion libraries. Together they offer an unparalleled timeline of Western fashion history. Kohler Ronan designed systems in support of renovations to the gallery, conservation department, library, and support spaces. The space has been designed to enable presentations incorporating the latest technologies in lighting, audio, and video systems. The gallery can be transformed from stationary displays to fully functioning fashion shows made possible by a theatrical backbone of distribution through the floor and ceiling. Further, Electronic Theater Control lighting equipment racks can fine tune the combination of LED, fluorescent, and incandescent lighting. DMX lighting control capability was built into the distribution to allow programmable lighting features, such as color changing LEDs. Audio and video distribution is achieved through traditional analog copper wiring, twisted pair cabling, and fiber optic cabling.
MODERN HISTORIC GEM
The Met Breuer New York, New York
Marcel Breuer designed this iconic building in 1966 specifically to house the Whitney Museum of American Artâ€™s extensive collection of twentieth and twenty-first century American artists. Located at Madison Avenue and 75th Street, the landmark closed for substantial renovations, and opened to the public again in March of 2016 under the auspices of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which now occupies the space under a long-term lease and has assumed its programming for the next eight years. The Met will display a portion of its modern and contemporary collections and programs within what is now called The Met Breuer.
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Transforming The Met Breuer Central to The Met Breuer’s transformation was a much needed infrastructure upgrade. This upgrade would ensure that the new programmatic needs of The Met could be attained. Enhancements included upgraded security and technology systems, electrical infrastructure improvements, and MEP design supporting a new restaurant, gallery, and office renovation. Functioning as The Met’s engineering consultant during the acquisition of the building allowed Kohler Ronan’s team to understand and prioritize the building’s long-term needs. 13
BEYOND THE SEA
The Museum of America and the Sea Mystic, Connecticut
A legendary center of shipbuilding beginning in the 1600s, the area along the Mystic River has never changed course. Mystic Seaport continues to be a maritime destination, thanks in large part to the Museum of America and the Sea. The Museum’s newest building is perhaps the most prominent structure on its 19-acre campus. The glass– and–wood design of the Thompson Exhibition Building, inspired by sailing vessels and the sea, features exposed timber frames and calls to mind the hull of an old sailing ship. Welcoming the seaport’s guests, the building serves as a visitor center, houses a gift shop, and affords the Museum the versatile exhibition space it requires.
Architect Centerbrook Architects & Planners 15
Thompson Exhibition Building Kohler Ronan was engaged to provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and technology design for the unique space. Engineering features include a geothermal system coupled with water-to-water heat pumps, energy-efficient LED lighting, an enhanced envelope, custom sprinklers, and specially-designed fabric ducts to coordinate with the distinctive slope and structure of the building. High security and museum-quality environmental controls facilitate the hosting of prominent museum exhibits. 16
American Museum of Natural History New York, New York
Located at Central Park West and 79th Street, on New York City’s Upper West Side, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the country’s foremost scientific research and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, it has been a forum for scientists and science & nature enthusiasts around the world to discover and share information relating to culture and the natural world. In 1936, the Museum opened the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall and Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda. John Russell Pope designed these spaces to honor Roosevelt’s work in conservation of wilderness lands throughout the United States.
Architect Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates 19
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall and Rotunda Kohler Ronan’s collaboration with the architect on this project achieved the Museum’s and the project team’s shared goal of restoring the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall and the Rotunda with the unobtrusive installation of infrastructure that did not alter the historic fabric of this Interior Landmark. Improvements to the MEP/FP systems included new rooftop HVAC equipment addressing and stabilizing temperature and humidity control within the Rotunda, redesigned HVAC within the revolving pocket doors, power and data distribution throughout, new lighting within the Hall and at the façade, and necessary life safety systems. 21
HISTORIC TIME CAPSULE
The Tenement Museum New York, New York
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s mission is to preserve and share the history of New York’s immigrants through the display of two refurbished and historic apartment buildings located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. There, in one of America’s most iconic immigrant neighborhoods, the original residences housed over 15,000 working class immigrants from over 20 nations. In order to enhance and support the Museum’s mission and vision, a comprehensive 20-year strategic plan, led by Perkins Eastman, was conducted. The plan assessed existing conditions, space requirements, and program needs of 91, 97, and 103 Orchard Street. Subsequent to that master plan, significant renovations and upgrades were designed. The former living quarters were transformed into a time capsule, allowing visitors to explore the history and artifacts of the building’s early tenants. Further, new and improved office and administrative spaces were provided for staff, as well as an inviting visitor center at street level to better serve the Museum’s increasing number of guests.
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Tenement Apartments and Visitor Center Our designs to support the renovation of the third, fourth, and fifth floors of this Museum required significant coordination with the architect to provide heating & cooling to an exhibit which, per the time period, had no air conditioning. Great care was taken to conceal air grilles and remain historically accurate. Systems incorporated a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pump system utilizing modular air-cooled heat pumps connected to indoor fan coil units with a dedicated outdoor air unit providing ventilation. Project scope also included new electrical, plumbing, and fire protection throughout, including high-efficiency lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures. 25
Fairfield University Art Museum Fairfield, Connecticut
Fairfield University is one of 28 colleges and universities that site the teachings of Saint Ignatius Loyola as the foundation of their educational philosophy. Established in 1942, the University now houses a growing number of buildings across its 200-acre campus. Among the most notable of its buildings is Bellarmine Hall, home to the Fairfield University Art Museum. A primary focus of the Museum is Medieval Art from Western Europe along with Byzantine Art from Ireland.
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1920s Gallery Conversion The Museum contains many pieces on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and its Cloisters Collection. As such, the space is subject to The Metâ€™s stringent physical environment requirements. Designing mechanical systems to ensure the maintenance of proper air temperature and humidity levels was thus critical to the project. Additional challenges of converting this 1920s lower level into a suitable gallery included the provision of adequate lighting, as well as the design of systems and selection of equipment appropriate for a nontraditional gallery space. 29
Statue of Liberty Museum New York, New York
The National Park Service, together with the Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, constructed a new 26,000 square-foot Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island. Kohler Ronan is proud to have contributed comprehensive mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection services in support of revitalizing this national treasure. Landscaping and lighting were incorporated in the plans as part of a larger beautification effort, but the primary focus of the construction was to better accommodate the siteâ€™s growing number of visitors in a newly designed facility on the northwest portion of the island. Making this beacon of hope and freedom accessible to as many people from around the world as possible was critical to the Foundation and the entire design team.
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New Museum on a Historic Site From the exterior, the museum appears as an extension of the surrounding park and its historic site. Constructed from materials native to Liberty Island, the state-of-the-art museum is designed to withstand hurricane force winds and 500-year flood levels. Sustainable features include a green roof-scape and bird-safe glass. On the interior, thoughtfully designed interactive exhibits and iconic artifacts, including Lady Libertyâ€™s original torch, fully engage the visitor and provide an immersive experience commemorating history. 33
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS Cover, Pages 2, 35 © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com The Metropolitan Museum of Art David H. Koch Plaza, Pages 4, 5 © Olin Sahar Coston-Hardy Costume Institute © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com The Met Breuer © Peter Aaron/OTTO Mystic Seaport Museum Courtesy of Mystic Seaport Museum © Derek Hayn/Centerbrook (page 19) American Museum of Natural History Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates The Tenement Museum © Andrew Rugge/Courtesy Perkins Eastman (pages 22, 23, 24) © Paúl Rivera (page 25) Fairfield University of Art Museum © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com Statue of Liberty Museum © Anna Wesolowska/www.photographerhedman.com © KEENA Photo, Courtesy of ESI Design (page 33, bottom)
KOHLER RONAN, LLC CONSULTING ENGINEERS From our offices in New York, New York and Danbury, Connecticut, our team of over 70 professionals collaborates with prominent architectural firms on a wide array of regional and nationally-recognized project assignments. Commissions include those for world-renowned museums, fine and performing arts centers, prestigious universities, state-of-the-art educational facilities, luxury residences, and recreation establishments. Additionally, we have the privilege of designing specialty systems for landmark sites and historically-significant buildings across the country.
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