Construction firm KBS has secured a $24m contract to expand and renovate the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, US.
The museum currently has 210,000ft² of space spread across two floors and the expansion will transform the entire museum.
The renovation will add 8,000ft² of new gallery space in two new wings flanking the museum’s entrance allowing it to exhibit more works from its collection and provide space to exhibit newly acquired art pieces.
Museum director William Hennessey said, "Not only will the Glass Studio and Moses Myers House remain open, we will establish a satellite Museum inside MacArthur Center, and we will convert the Willoughby-Baylor House into an art gallery dedicated to our stellar collection of American art."
The project will also renew all of the museum’s existing galleries spanning 60,000ft² and improve the Ancient Worlds and Glass galleries.
As part of the project, the museum’s café and catering facilities will be expanded, modernised and moved to the front of the building with a separate entrance.
The heating and cooling systems of the building will be upgraded to reduce the museum’s energy use and the renovations are designed to improve visitor movement and access.
Upon completion, the expanded and renovated museum will be linked to the new Glass Studio through a series of new landscaping features.
The project is part of an overall $45m capital investment programme and the museum authorities have already raised $41m during the past for two years.
Construction will commence in July 2012 and the museum will be closed until its reopening, scheduled for April 2014.
Image: The renovation will add 8,000ft² of new gallery space in two new wings flanking the museum’s entrance. Photo: The Chrysler Museum of Art.