Chrysler Museum Of Art Expansion And Renovation

The expansion and renovation project revamps the 155,200-square-foot, two-story museum, adds an additional 11,000 square feet of new gallery space in two new wings, and includes associated landscaping and site work. The additional space enables the museum to exhibit more works from its world-class collection and provides opportunities to showcase new acquisitions.

The additions are on the front of the building facing Hague Street and include relocating and rebuilding existing portico elements. The walls behind the gardens flanking the main entrance are brought forward approximately 40 feet. The expansion of the Chrysler Museum of Art’s facilities include a new glass studio, expanding and renovating the current building (including extensive replacements and ehancements of mechanical and electrical systems), and endowing the museum.

The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums with a world-class collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America.

Project Awards

Best Renovated or Historic Rehabilitation Project Award of Merit HRACRE 2016

Client Testimonial

William Hennessey, The Chrysler Museum of Art

We have a 210,000-square-foot building with over 30,000 irreplaceable works of art. There is no single piece in the collection that hasn’t been moved or touched during this process. I’m in awe at how KBS has kept all of these balls in the air spinning. KBS has been a great partner, helping us to design security procedures, temporary climate controls and protective coverings and casings so that we can operate and preserve our collection.

Project Info

Owner: The Chrysler Museum of Art
Architect: H&A Architects & Engineers
Location: Norfolk, VA
Project Size: 155,200 SF
Completion: November 2013