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Spencer Museum of Art Renovation, The University o

Spencer Museum of Art Renovation, The University o

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Sabatini & Associates
Lawrence, Kansas
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Spencer Museum of Art Renovation, The University of Kansas

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners as Master planning, architecture, interior design

Museum expansion of existing University Art Museum, Art and Architecture Library, and History of Art Classroom Building. The 80,000 s/f project includes Great Hall, visitor reception facilities and Great Hall, and 35,000 s/f new gallery space with an integrated Art Study Center.

This project involves the planning for a major expansion of the Museum of Art to enlarge its exhibition galleries and provide new study and learning centers, advancing its mission as a teaching museum. The planning includes renovation of the existing neoclassical museum and construction of an addition that embraces the original building and creates a new edge along the neighboring historic landscape of Marvin Grove. The existing building contains museum operations, study centers, and educational spaces, while the new wing contains new visitor facilities and galleries with controlled natural daylight and views to the wooded grove beyond, allowing the contemplation of art in the context of nature. Furthering the university’s commitment to research, teaching, and community engagement and outreach, the renovation program improves accessibility and addresses long-term collection storage needs. Expanded visitor and infrastructure spaces will increase class and tour capacity, allowing the museum to serve more students and researchers across Kansas and beyond.

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