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SAM expansion

A Special Feature of DJC.COM
May 3, 2007
Project team

Developer: Pine Street Group LLC, Seattle, in association with Seneca Real Estate Group, Seattle

Architect: Allied Works Architecture,
Portland and New York

Architect of record for tenant improvements: LMN Architects, Seattle

Architect of record for shell and core: NBBJ, Seattle

General contractor:Sellen Construction Co., Seattle

Structural engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle

Mechanical engineer: McKinstry, Seattle

Electrical engineer: Coffman Engineers, Seattle

Civil engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Seattle

Curtain wall: R.A. Heintges & Associates, New York, and the Facade Group, Portland

Curtain wall fabricator: Benson Industries, Portland

Acoustics, audio visual, IT and technology, lighting, mechanical and security:
Arup, New York

Conservation: Garrison/Lull, Princeton Junction, N.J.

Graphics and signage: Pentagram, New York

Project manager, tenant improvement: Soehren Management, Bellevue

Project manager,
shell and core:
Development Management Advisors, Seattle

Photos by Richard Barnes


Feature Stories

"Seattles vital new place for art"
Siting, lighting and civic space support SAMs identity, appeal
Allied Works Architecture

"Expansion arose from an unlikely partnership"
When WaMu sought more space, SAM seized on an opportunity
Seattle Art Museum

Museum facts

1300 Union St., Seattle

$86 million

May 5

New building total: 450,000 square feet
Museum-owned space: 300,000 square feet
WaMu-owned space: 150,000 square feet

Total museum space (phase one):
268,000 square feet
118,000 square feet (new)
150,000 square feet (previous)

Photo by Richard Barnes
Photo by Richard Barnes
Design Details

Expansion: The expansion connects to SAMs existing building, designed by Venturi, Scott Brown, which opened in 1991.

Entrances: A new public entrance and foyer at First Avenue and Union Street serves as the main entrance. First and Second avenue entrances into the 1991 building remain.

Public spaces: The museum has a new and expanded restaurant and gift shop. The Brotman Forum is a 5,000-square-foot free pubic space with changing installations. The Ketcham Forum Gallery also has rotating installations.

Third floor: A double-height gallery is devoted to modern and contemporary art. Flexible spaces can be reconfigured to accommodate larger works. Other galleries include collections of American textiles, Asian art, Northwest coast art, aboriginal and oceanic art, and 18th- and 19th-century American art.

Fourth floor: Includes space for recent acquisitions, temporary exhibitions and a gift shop. Galleries include European art, African art, ancient Mediterranean and Islamic art, porcelain and Native American art.

Behind the scenes: Museum staff space includes administrative offices, a library and a conservation laboratory.

Principal materials
Unitized curtain wall fabricated with formed stainless-steel panels and channels, and high-performance glazing
Terrazzo floors in public spaces and white oak plank floors in galleries
Steel-plate gallery thresholds and way-finding signs

Photo by Richard Barnes
If you go...

Seattle Art Museum reopens with a 35-hour celebration that runs from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 6. Admission during the celebration is free but will require timed entry tickets, available at the door. Festivities will include music, childrens activities and performances.

Regular museum hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours on Thursday and Friday evenings. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and up, and $7 for students 13-19. Children 12 and under are free. The restaurant, TASTE, is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday.

For more information see www.seattleartmuseum.org.


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