Representatives of The Columbus Museum of Art presented their conceptual expansion plans to the Columbus Downtown Commission this morning for review. The $37.6 million plans call for the addition of a new 50,000 square foot modern wing on the east side of the existing museum building as well as major renovations to the existing Ross Wing and main lobby areas. In addition to new gallery space, this project will add new meeting and event spaces.
“This is a defining moment for the Museum,” said Nannette Maciejunes, CMA’s Executive Director. “Moving forward with this project allows us to fulfill our promise to the community of continuing to create great art experiences for everyone. The Museum’s growth is a reflection of our community’s vision for the arts and culture in Columbus and the priority each of our donors places on supporting a thriving arts community.”
DesignGroup is the local architecture firm responsible for refining and implementing the master plan that was designed by NYC-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The project’s design team lead is Michael Bongiorno, a talented designer who has authored several popular articles to ColumbusUnderground.com.
The new museum expansion is the third phase of a three part plan. The first phase saw the renovation of Beaton Hall, and the second phase included the renovation of the main museum building, which debuted in January 2011. Last summer, CMA also opened its new West Garden entryway designed as a drop-off point for schools and group tours.
Renderings of the new expansion provided by DesignGroup.
More information can be found online at www.columbusmuseum.org.