Museum + Cultural Facility Building Projects


 

BUILDING PROGRAMMING

MGMP understands that museum buildings don’t exist by themselves. The building is the holder for all that an organization does and holds dear. MGMP creates facility plans that will be logical and user-friendly. To this end, we collaborate with our clients to examine how the parts should fit together, how staffing will work in the facility and to define the visitor experience, including visitor interactions that will bring honor and success to the organization. MGMP has extensive experience planing revenue-producing spaces: auditoriums, gift shops, and special event spaces.

MGMP helps our clients to clarify what spaces are needed to meet either (or both) their short- and long-term needs. From this information, MGMP then develops space needs spreadsheets, construction requirement statements, technical needs spreadsheets, and space adjacency or “bubble” diagrams. Together these documents offer to the architect, to the Board, and to the community, a comprehensive picture of the organization’s space and square footage needs at that time.

MGMP is particularly proud that our clients often build projects that closely reflect the actual building program we developed together. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts expansion, which opened in May 2010, closely parallels the program MGA developed with the VMFA in 1999. MGA had a similar productive experience with our work on the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Harvard University Art Museum.

 
 

ARCHITECT SELECTION

MGMP has considerable experience in building design and construction projects. The design and the local architects are key players in any building design process.  MGMP has assisted clients with architect selection on projects such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. MGMP works to enable museum leadership (staff and Board) to define the architect selection criteria. We then create a project management structure that allows the client to manage the process and select a design or management candidate who is appropriate for the organization, for the mission, and for the budget.

MGMP then helps clients to develop a checklist for the architect selection process, thus allowing the client to evaluate objectively each candidate’s submission. The criteria should be based on fulfillment of the client’s needs, and thus permit them to compare multiple submissions on an apples-to-apples basis.

MGMP can also serve as a project manager for exhibit and building design programs. MGMP has performed this role repeatedly, on projects such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

 
 

BUILDING DESIGN COORDINATION

MGMP has considerable experience in building design and construction projects, and can also serve as a project manager for exhibit planning and design, and for building design programs.  MGMP regularly performs this role, on projects such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  In each case, MGMP worked with the Museum's Board and staff leadership, with all project designers, with funding sources, etc., to represent the Museum within the design process.