The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums presents, “Creativity & Collaboration: Transforming the Historic Penn Museum”. This case study was recently presented at Building Museums™ 2020 in Chicago earlier in March. Presenters have graciously decided to share this as FREE online webinar to the first 100 participants to register.
In 2017, the Penn Museum began a three-phase project to renovate two of its six wings, restore original features of the more than century-old building, add important visitor amenities, and upgrade the MEP and structural systems—while remaining open with a full range of programming.
The design team—with extensive multidisciplinary expertise in world-class museums and significant historic buildings—was charged with developing and implementing an approach for upgrading this National Historic Register eligible building to 21st century life-safety and museum standards. The panelists will present on the complexities and wonders of the Penn Museum’s visitor experience, collections care and facility design, and existing infrastructure.
Attendees will take away valuable lessons from the team’s on-the- ground experience and how it met challenges (and surprises) with architectural vision, creative engineering design, use of cutting-edge technology, and collaboration.
Moderator: Philip C. Steiner, P.E. Managing Director, Managing Director, Altieri, Norwalk, CT
Speakers: Brian J. Houghton, Chief Building Engineer, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum), Philadelphia, PA; Perry Whidden, AIA, Principal, Gluckman Tang Architects, New York, NY; David Artigas, P.E. LEED AP, Senior Project Manager, SIMPSON GUMPERTZ & HEGER, New York, NY