The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that it will break ground on a new staff office building in April 2013. The new 50,000-square foot structure will be located immediately west of the museum's Hamilton Building and directly south of the Clyfford Still Museum on property owned by the DAM that currently serves as a staff parking lot. Presently, more than 100 museum employees, including administration, curators and other staff, are housed in office space five blocks away at 14th Street and Tremont. The new building will enable a more efficient work environment and closer collaboration among museum staff. The privately-funded, $11.5 million project will also contain a research library and 9,000-square feet of collection storage helping to reopen space inside the museum’s North Building for public programs and exhibitions.
“The new office building will unite our campus and infuse the Golden Triangle neighborhood with the energy of more than 100 creative people,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “I’m looking forward to the full spectrum of museum employees being inspired by our world-class collections, eating lunch together and working in a space that encourages collaboration.”
The new building will add new foot traffic throughout the Golden Triangle neighborhood, generating positive economic impact to the area. This project will utilize funds raised privately from museum supporters. No public funding will be used to construct the office building. Denver-based Roth Sheppard Architects and Saunders Construction, Inc. were selected to design and construct the new building.
“The sleek and elegant design will complement the stunning architecture of the Gio Ponti-designed North Building and Daniel Libeskind-designed Hamilton Building,” said Cathey McClain Finlon, a member of the DAM Board of Trustees and a key leader on the project. “The new building’s open floor plan will also provide team members with optimal working and meeting spaces to inspire creativity and capitalize on the amazing talent we have at the museum.”
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