MUSKEGON MUSEUM OF ART EXPANSION
Since 1912, the Muskegon Museum of Art has been an invaluable community resource and a cultural treasure for the region and state. Known for its distinguished permanent collection, innovative exhibits, and educational programming, it serves a diverse regional community.
Working with Mathison | Mathison Architects, ABA’s design doubles the size of the museum, creating new galleries for changing exhibits and spaces for education, collections, and visitor amenities. The design re-orients the museum entrance, connecting arrival with the city center and providing new visibility and a fresh identity. A lobby gallery links the entrance and changing exhibits with the museum’s original building. A multi-level “spine” offers wayfinding for orientation and events and connects to a roof terrace.
In contrast to the original building’s solid façade, the addition introduces a brighter palette with glass, light bronze metals, and a dark brick base. The contemporary aesthetic creates a dynamic interface of old and new, reflecting this museum’s vision and mission.
Location: Muskegon, Michigan
Project Size: 25,800 SF
Project Team: Ann Beha, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Merchant, Alexa Asakiewicz, Hannah Ahlblad, Mathison | Mathison Architects (Collaborating Architect), Construction Simplified (Owner’s Project Manager), Silman (Structural), Mueller Associates (MEP/FP), Prein & Newhof (Landscape & Civil), Solutions Engineering Inc (Code), Wil-Spec (Specifications), Fennessy Consulting Services (Cost Estimating)