ennead architects renovates the westmoreland museum of american art ennead architects renovates the westmoreland museum of american art
feb 10, 2016

ennead architects renovates the westmoreland museum of american art

ennead architects renovates the westmoreland museum of american art
image © aislinn weidele / ennead architects




new york-based firm ennead architects has completed the renovation and expansion of the westmoreland museum of american art in greensburg, pennsylvania. conceived as a counterpoint to the institution’s original neo-georgian structure, the design uses a simple palette of materials and textures — precast concrete, zinc, brick and glass — to unify the addition with the existing building. the project seeks to underscore the importance of the arts as well as the museum’s role in the community.

a zinc-clad cantilever extends from the new brick wing
image © roy engelbrecht




at the northern end of the site, the new brick wing reflects the symmetry of the original structure while sporting a zinc-clad cantilever. this volume houses both temporary and permanent exhibition galleries, with floor-to-ceiling glazing offering sweeping external views. perpendicular to the wing is a new southern façade that frames the original brick building with a two-story colonnade of slender columns. at the western end, an angled pre-cast plane highlights a commissioned sculpture by tim prentice, forming a focal point on the approach from downtown.

the protruding volume houses both temporary and permanent exhibition galleries
image © roy engelbrecht




the project reconfigures the museum’s interior spaces to establish an entry sequence that provides visual access throughout. a monumental stair connects the renovated lobby with an enlarged group entry and a new vehicular drop-off. a glass stair set within a double-height volume leads to both the upper level and the cantilevered addition. other spaces within the refreshed institution include a studio for children’s programs, a multi-purpose space for concerts, lectures, and community gatherings, as well as an informal café and consolidated administrative offices.

floor-to-ceiling glazing offers sweeping external views
image © aislinn weidele / ennead architects




from an environmental perspective, state-of-the-art mechanical systems are incorporated throughout, along with enhanced daylighting and views, locally-sourced materials, and a substantial reduction of exterior hardscape with the creation of the sculpture garden. additionally, the use of native and adaptive plantings eliminates the need for irrigation. a new sculpture garden by laquatra bonci extends the museum beyond the walls of the building, with the expansion framing the landscape below.

the interactive center for creative connections
image © roy engelbrecht

the project reconfigures the museum’s interior spaces
image © roy engelbrecht

view looking out along the southern façade from the second storey gallery
image © roy engelbrecht

circulation space within the double-height stairwell
image © aislinn weidele / ennead architects

landscaping seeks to extend the museum beyond the walls of the building
image © roy engelbrecht

site plan indicating the scale of the project
image © ennead architects



project info:


architect: ennead architects
location: greensburg, pennsylvania, USA
design partner: susan t. rodriguez FAIA
management partner: timothy hartung FAIA
project manager: joshua frankel AIA
project architect: colin davis AIA
senior technical designer: gary anderson AIA
design team: jesica bello, rebecca dion, brad groff AIA, dalia hamati, kate kulpa AIA, LEED AP, joerg kiesow, brian masuda AIA, nikita payusov, jacob reidel


structural: robert silman associates
MEP / FP: altieri sebor wieber
lighting: brandston partnership
civil: H.F. lenz company
elevator: IROS elevator
AV / IT / acoustics / security: the sextant group
sustainability: YR & G
specifications: construction specifications, inc.
landscape: laquatra bonci associates
life safety: hughes associate inc.
cost: blundall associates, inc.
construction manager: spaulding banks project management, inc.

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