Westmoreland Museum of American Art

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Westmoreland Museum of American Art

The dramatic transformation of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art celebrates the importance of the arts and the Museum’s vital role in its western Pennsylvania community and the region.

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We were inspired by the Museum’s conviction that design has the power to fulfill aspirations for the future...We created architecture that strengthens the regional and national impact of The Westmoreland, renewing the Museum’s position as a destination in its own right.

Susan T. Rodriguez, Design Partner
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Revitalizing a venerable cultural institution, the expansion of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art stands as a counterpoint to the renovated, original neo-Georgian structure, unifying past and present and the building with its site.

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The L-shaped massing of the expanded building frames the landscape while providing a transparent backdrop, which links interior and exterior and reveals activity within the building. The new wing – containing galleries, community and educational spaces – secures the symmetry of the original building from the north and, with a dramatic new cantilever, creates a dynamic identity to the south.

The cantilever houses a new changing exhibit gallery. Panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling glass reinforce the connection between the Museum’s southwestern Pennsylvania context and the landscape works of the Scalp Level School that are critically important to the Museum’s collection. 

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A new landscape and sculpture garden extends the Museum beyond the walls of the building, taking cues from the geometry of the expansion and utilizing a rich textural palette of native plant material.

A simple palette of materials and textures – precast concrete, zinc, brick and glass – unifies the expansion with the existing building. 

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Details

Year
2015
Location
Greensburg, PA
Size
69,300 GSF
Program
New Galleries, Renovated Lobby, New Studio Space, Dividable Multipurpose Room, Informal Cafe Space, Administrative Office Suite, High-Clearance Collections Storage
LEED Silver

Team

Design Partner
Susan T. Rodriguez
Management Partner
Timothy Hartung
Project Manager
Joshua Frankel
Project Architect
Colin Davis
Senior Technical Designer
Gary Anderson
Design Team
Jesica Bello, Rebecca Dion, Brad Groff, Dalia Hamati, Jörg Kiesow, Kathleen Kulpa, Brian Masuda, Nikita Payusov, Jacob Reidel

Awards

  • 2016
    • Award of Honor, Society of American Registered Architects New York Council
    • The Chicago Athenaeum 2016 American Architecture Awards

Press

  • 2016
    • Johnson, Sara. “Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Ennead Architects” (Architect Magazine, 2/9/2016)
    • Myall, Nick. “Historic Westmoreland steps into the future” (World Architecture News, 2/12/2016)
    • Stevens, Philip. “Ennead Architects Renovates the Westmoreland Museum of American Art” (designboom, 2/10/2016)
    • “Ennead completes Pennsylvania Museum wing that cantilevers over the landscape” (Dezeen, 2/11/2016)
    • “Westmoreland Museum of American Art / Ennead Architects” (ArchDaily, 2/9/2016)
    • Rinaldi, Marco. “Westmoreland Museum of American Art by Ennead Architects” (aasarchitecture.com, 2/15/2016)
    • Shearing, Graham. "The new Westmoreland" (Pittsburgh Quarterly, 2016 Winter)
    • “Ennead Architects completes Westmoreland Museum of American Art renovation in US” (designbuild-network.com, 2/11/2016)

Consultants

Structural
Silman
MEP/FP
Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC Consulting Engineers
Civil
H.F. Lenz Company
Landscape
LaQuatra Bonci Associates
Lighting
Brandston Partnership, Inc.
Acoustics/Audiovisual/Security/Telecommunications/Data
Sextant Group
Sustainability
YR&G
Specifications
Construction Specifications, Inc.
Code/Life Safety
Hughes Associates, Inc.
Cost Estimating
Blundall Associates
Elevator
Iros Elevator Design Services, Inc.
Hardware
Glezen Fisher Group LLC
Construction Manager
Spaulding Banks Project Management, Inc
Photography
Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects, Roy Engelbrecht