The Baltimore Museum of Art
is entering a new phase of its $24 million renovation by issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to Maryland architectural firms interested in being considered for the Museums ambitious capital renovation. The RFQ is available on the BMAs website. Responses are due by noon, Friday, January 14, 2011. The architectural contract will be awarded in mid April after a comprehensive review process.
"This unprecedented physical transformation is vital to the BMAs future," said BMA Director Doreen Bolger. "We want to ensure the Museum is relevant to future generations of museum goers and an even greater cultural magnet for the region."
The BMAs three-year phased capital renovation will bring significant improvements for visitors, including the enhancements of galleries housing three major art collectionsContemporary, American, and African; improvements to the East Lobby, and upgrades to visitor amenities. Much needed improvements in essential infrastructure, including two new roofs and a state-of-the-art building automation system, will improve care of the 90,000 works of art in the BMAs world-class collection. The project is slated for completion in 2014, the Museums 100th anniversary. The BMA will remain open and will continue to offer free admission during the renovation to ensure its service to the community.
The scope of work includes:
Redesigning galleries for American and African art to ensure a consistent standard of quality within the Museum
Installation of improved lighting
Creating a more welcoming experience by upgrading the current visitor entrance and lobby, BMA Shop, welcome desk, and coat check room
Creating more efficient and effective work space and improving access to storage areas
Creating new space of at least 4,000 SF above the Thalheimer Galleries Replacing the Building Automation System (BAS) and providing other potential infrastructure improvements as necessitated by the design
The BMA is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art, including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. The Museums 10-building complex, which was built during a span of 65 years from 1929 to 1994, encompasses more than 210,000 square feet. The Museum presents a variety of dynamic exhibitions and innovative programs and frequently hosts special events with cultural and educational partners.