The Metropolitan Museum of Art American Wing Phase II

Beginning in May 2007, the Museum embarked on a four-year comprehensive renovation of The American Wing. Responsible for Phases II and III of the undertaking, RCDolner recently completed Phase II, the renovation of the Charles Engelhard Court and the period rooms. Transformed to better showcase the Museum's collections, the renovation of the Court included the construction of a new mezzanine level on the west side of the courtyard, including new glass balustrades and new glass cases, as well as the installation of mid-19th Century stained-glass windows. The renovation also included the redesign of the existing pool to house two bronze fountains. The excavation of 9,800 sf created a basement for museum storage. Upgrades to the HVAC, fire suppression and electronic security systems were also made.

The American Wing's twenty period rooms have been renovated and now include interactive touch-screen information kiosks rather than signage. The rooms were reconfigured so that they are now arranged in chronological order. The corridor connecting the wing to the Temple of Dendur now contains a new retail shop, new lighting, limestone cladding on the walls, and a state-of-the-art glass panel elevator that carries visitors directly to the new rooms on the third floor. The American Wing reopened in May of 2009.

Project Name: American Wing Phase II
Project Location: New York, New York
Owner: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Project Type: Institutional
RCDolner Role: Construction Manager
Architect: Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates