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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


Renovation of an historic 11-story, 300,000 square foot building to provide expanded museum display areas, teaching facilities, and library space for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Originally built in 1916 as a showroom and assembly plant, both the interior and exterior had undergone substantial “modernization” by successive tenants. This project sought to restore the integrity of the historically certified building.

The scope of work entailed complete gutting of interior spaces, structural improvements, and replacement of all major building systems. Exterior work involved repair and repointing of the entire façade, installation of a new roof, and all new windows. Fit-out included several floors of studios, galleries, classrooms, a library, and administrative offices.

A custom designed mechanical/HVAC penthouse houses state-of-the-art multi-zone environmental control systems that govern the sensitive temperature and humidity conditions required throughout the building’s exhibit and storage areas. Emergency power backup is included for critical life safety and HVAC systems. A new security/CCTV system monitors activities on all occupied levels and controls access to restricted areas.



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