The Denver Art Museum (DAM) completed its new administration office building. The 50,000-square-foot structure is located immediately west of the museum's Hamilton Building and directly south of the Clyfford Still Museum on property owned by the DAM that previously served as a staff parking lot. The new building will unite the museum’s departments under one roof by bringing together more than 100 museum employees to the museum campus, including administrative staff, curators and educators that formerly were 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 the research-focused Frederick R. Mayer 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. “The building’s open floor plan and various brainstorming zones will provide team members with optimal working and meeting spaces to inspire creativity and capitalize on the amazing talent of our staff.”
The building will add new foot traffic throughout the Golden Triangle neighborhood, generating positive economic impact to the area. Denver-based Roth Sheppard Architects and Saunders Construction, Inc. were selected to design and construct the new building. With two floors above grade and one below, the building features glass and light-colored stone on the exterior to complement neighboring structures along Bannock Street, allowing the verticality and design of both the Hamilton and North buildings to continue to anchor the district.
"This very special building is the result of a highly collaborative process between the museum, the contractor, Saunders Construction and my firm," said Jeffrey Sheppard, design principal and co-founder of Roth Sheppard Architects. “A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give the creative workforce of the museum a building that celebrates what they do, how they work together and how they connect back to the community. We are honored to have played a part in this rewarding project.”
Internally, an open floor plan and multitude of gathering spaces create greater opportunities for collaboration and connection. A clerestory-raised roof and three-story lightwell positioned above the exposed main staircase bring daylight into the full depth of the interior. The two upper floors feature flexible, impromptu meeting areas and workstations around the perimeter to stimulate communication and allow museum staff to function more effectively across departments.
Under the leadership of DAM trustee Cathey Finlon, this project was built with funds raised privately from museum supporters including Jan Mayer, The Boeckman Family Foundation, J. Landis Martin, Frederic C. Hamilton, Noël and Tom Congdon, as well as various members of the board of trustees and other generous donors. No public funding was used to construct the museum's new administration building.
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