Timeline: ... .. . ConstructionC.W. Brown Budget / $10.8 million Project Manager / Anne Marie Russillo
Construction continues as we enter the final stage of this project. Abatement and demolition has been completed and the replacement of the existing, old, mechanical systems, cleaning the existing ductwork, and modifications to the building's mechanical systems are nearing completion. The museum staff continues to work out of the lower level of the Library while this work occurs.
Work is currently anticipated to be completed by the end of April 2013.
Designed by architects Philip Johnson and John Burges, the museum opened in 1974. The museum, named after Roy R. Neuberger, an artist and art collector who donated several pieces, houses over 6,000 works of art and was awarded the 2007 National Medal of Arts. The museum's existing HVAC systems are in need of repairs and upgrades in order to preserve the condition and integrity of this extensive art collection and as part of the re-accreditation process with the American Association of Museums (AAM).
This project was initiated, based on a feasibility study, done in 2011 by the New York Power Authority (NYPA). The study determined that a new independent (stand-alone), air-cooled chiller system and rehabilitation of the building's mechanical systems (which are original to the building) was required in order to provide for year-round temperature control in the Neuberger Museum.
This project will include the renovation of the Museums' existing HVAC distribution infrastructure and installation of a new system which will control temperature and humidity levels to meet the standards necessary to properly preserve the Museum's collections.