Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem has selected an architect for its $200 million, 175,000-square-foot expansion.
Internationally renowned Ennead Architects was chosen after successfully completing the first phase of the building project, which included master planning and the renovation of the museum's Dodge wing, which will open in October.
The Dodge wing will include a new and expanded art and nature center and a vibrant program of exhibitions.
PEM’s $200 million building expansion project is part of a landmark $650 million campaign to advance the museum’s mission of celebrating outstanding art, culture and creative expression in ways that transform people’s lives.
The expansion will add approximately 75,000 square feet of new gallery, public program and education spaces, a restaurant, as well as essential improvements to the museum’s collection, conservation and exhibition processing areas.
Announced in 2011, PEM’s $650 million Advancement Campaign – of which $570 million has been raised to date – allows one of the nation’s oldest art museums expand and adapt.
The museum's expansion project is to start in 2015, and the new wing will open to the public in 2019.
In a recent statement, Dan Monroe, PEM's director and CEO of the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection, said PEM staffers were impressed by Ennead's creative dexterity, in-depth understanding of the institution, and thoughtful design solutions for the museum's complex architectural program.
Ennead was chosen from a group of distinguished architecture firms that were invited to participate in design charrette this summer, which includes an intense period of design and planning.
“PEM’s expansion presents an exciting design challenge and an opportunity to reimagine one of the oldest and fastest growing museums in the country,” said Ennead design partner Richard Olcott in a recent announcement. “We are committed to creating a design that functionally integrates the museum’s existing campus with a bold new vision that enhances the museum both aesthetically and experientially.”
Ennead's resume includes renovation and expansion of the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as several significant projects at the Brooklyn Museum, Natural History Museum of Utah, William J. Clinton Presidential Center and the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History.
“Ennead Architects brings experience, creativity and tremendous talent to PEM’s expansion project,” Samuel T. Byrne, co-chairman of the PEM Board of Trustees said in a recent announcement. “We feel confident they will create a building that will serve the museum well into the future.”
PEM will remain open throughout the construction process until the final months, when re-installation of the museum’s galleries will take place.