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Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum

Shelburne, VT United States


Project Description

Shelburne Museum is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic.

Ann Beha Architects’ design for the new Center for Art and Education establishes a striking presence along Vermont’s Route 7 (Shelburne Road). Adding to the resources at the Museum’s entry, this contemporary new building showcases collections and serves new educational initiatives. With its companions—the entry / shop building and historic round barn—the ensemble frames a gateway to the Museum experience. The new Center will play a critical role in promoting audience engagement, interpretation, and special exhibitions and will be the Museum’s first building to accommodate year-round programming. The design is an extended volume of two interlocking elements—the exhibition galleries at one end and the classroom and auditorium at the other—joined by a welcoming light-filled lobby that serves as a reception space and additional gallery. A strong horizontal façade is oriented towards Route 7 and the outer campus edge, while its inner campus face offers a long porch with views of the Adirondacks and the Ticonderoga, the Museum’s historic side wheel steamer. On the main floor, the upper galleries are lit from lay-lights and clerestories and a 130-seat, flat-floored auditorium will be used for gatherings and programs. The auditorium will open onto the porch, while the lower galleries and an art studio / classroom open to an outdoor activities terrace.

The groundbreaking for the new Center for Art and Education was held on May 16, 2012.


Project Details

Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum
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Project Team:
    Thomas M. Hotaling AIA, LEED AP, Principal; Ann M. Beha FAIA, Principal; Stevem G. Gerrard AIA, Senior Associate; Chin Chin Yao, Designer
  • Landscape Architect: H. Keith Wagner Partnership 
  • Structural Engineer: Engineering Ventures 
  • Mechanical Engineer: Altieri Sebor Wieber 
  • Electrical Engineer: Altieri Sebor Wieber 
  • Civil Engineer: Civil Engineering Associates 
  • Lighting Designer: Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting 
  • LEED Consultant: Greenleaf 
  • Specifications Consultant: Kalin Associates 
  • Construction Manager: PC Construction Company 
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Project Size:
    17,000 sq ft


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