Gilbane and Welliver complete expansion of Corning Museum of Glass in New York

9 April 2015 (Last Updated April 9th, 2015 18:30)

Gilbane Building Company and Welliver have completed the new $64m Contemporary Art + Design Wing at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners.

Corning Museum of Glass Entrance

Gilbane Building Company and Welliver have completed the new $64m Contemporary Art + Design Wing at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners.

Featuring a custom glass facade and skylight system, the museum's new 100,000ft² wing has an additional 26,000ft² of gallery exhibit space, as well as space for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions.

The Contemporary Art + Design Wing has a new 500-seat Hot Shop Amphitheater in the Steuben Glass manufacturing facility.

As part of the project, the main access hall from the primary visitor's entrance on the east elevation of the facility has been re-designed and a 25,000ft² glass roof installed to allow top light to enter the gallery.

Gilbane Building Company vice-president John LaRow said: "We are honoured to have served as construction managers for the Corning Museum of Glass expansion project.

"The main access hall…has been re-designed and a 25,000ft² glass roof installed to allow top light to enter the gallery."

"The collaboration between owner, architect and our team made this a successful project. We are proud to have played a role in bringing this beautiful new space to the museum and its visitors."

The skylight system above the gallery space is a key design feature with 980 glass panels; here the team could lower the overall cost without impacting the design.

Welliver CEO Scott Welliver said: "This unique building is a true testament to the abilities and talent of the entire project team and our local trades professionals and subcontractors."


Image: Entrance of the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. Photo: courtesy of Jordan J Miller.