Historic Preservation, Museums + Galleries

Penn Museum

Coxe and Harrison Wings, Harrison Auditorium

Gluckman Tang Architects
Philadelphia, PA
27,000 SF
LEED Silver 2021
2019 (Phase I)
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Preserving 120-year-old historic interiors while integrating state-of-the-art MEP and structural systems.

Penn Museum is located on the campus of The University of Pennsylvania in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia. The original building dates to 1887, with the Harrison Wing opening in 1915. The Museum has a long and significant history of conducting archaeological and anthropological expeditions around the world and acquiring the discoveries made during these excavations.

The 3-phase project is aimed at modernizing the Museum’s presentation of artifacts as well as enhancing the visitor experience and is the most extensive upgrade the Museum has had in over 100 years. Playing a significant role in the Museum’s upgrade, Altieri is responsible for the careful insertion of a tightly controlled climate system into the existing fabric of a building that has been without any such controls. Central to the work of Phase I was the introduction of climate control system infrastructure for the Upper and Lower Egyptian Galleries and the Rotunda, as well as providing climate control to the Harrison Auditorium via a displacement system. Additional areas of Phase 1 include the Crossroads Gallery and a new multi-level interconnection between the Harrison Wing and the Coxe Wing. Phase 2, currently in the Construction Administration phase, and Phase 3 will introduce climate control into the Upper and Lower Egyptian Galleries and the Rotunda spaces, as well as the Archival Storage spaces.

Images © Susan Fisher Plotner/Altieri and Chuck Wick/Altieri

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Images © Susan Fisher Plotner/Altieri and Chuck Wick/Altieri

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