Expansion

Construction project overview

PEM’s Expansion Project

Overview

Work continues on the museum’s renovation and expansion project, part of a comprehensive $650 million Advancement Campaign announced in 2011 to celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people’s lives. The Campaign includes a 175,000-square-foot expansion, creative new installations of the collection, several infrastructure improvements and other initiatives.

Upon completion of the building expansion, designed by Ennead Architects, of New York, PEM will rank among the top 10 art museums in the nation in terms of gallery space and total endowment and in the top 15 in annual operating budget.

Renowned for design excellence and for its collaborative approach, Ennead was chosen from a group of distinguished architecture firms that were invited to participate in a design charrette this summer. Ennead brings extensive museum experience to the project, having designed the much-acclaimed 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 was chosen after the successful completion of the first phase of the building project, executed by Rick Mather Architects (RMA) of London, U.K. The initial phase included master planning and the renovation of the Dodge wing, which reopened in October 2013 with a new and expanded Art & Nature Center. The next month, new galleries began hosting a vibrant program of special exhibitions.

Groundbreaking for PEM’s expansion project is to commence in 2015, and the new wing will open to the public in 2019. PEM will remain open throughout the construction process until the final months, when re-installation of the museum's galleries will take place.

 

ABOVE: PEM’s new construction will proceed in the area (shaded in red) between Essex and Charter streets, following the removal of several structures within the same footprint. Image courtesy RMA.

Fast Facts

Campaign

Campaign goal: $650 million
Gifts and pledges secured to date: $570 million (August 2012)
Allocation to PEM endowment: $350 million
Allocation to museum expansion project: $200 million
Allocation to infrastructure and improvements: $100 million

 

Expansion

175,000 square feet of new space including:
  • 75,000 square feet of new gallery space
  • a new restaurant and rooftop garden
  • new public program and education spaces
  • improvements to collection storage, exhibition processing and conservation

 

Current / Post Expansion

Current square footage, total: 437,000
Post expansion square footage, total: 550,000
Current gallery square footage: 122,000
Post expansion gallery square footage: 160,000
Current endowment: $280 million
Post expansion endowment: $550 million

 

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ABOVE: PEM's new construction will proceed in the area (shaded in red) between Essex and Charter streets, following the removal of several structures within the same footprint. Image courtesy RMA.

Architect

Ennead Architects

Internationally acclaimed for powerful and sustainable building designs for cultural, educational, scientific and governmental institutions, Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership) has been a leader in the design world for decades. Recipient of the prestigious AIA NY Medal of Honor, the Smithsonian Institution-Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and the National AIA Firm Award, as well as numerous design awards for individual buildings, their portfolio is diverse in typology, scale and location and includes new construction, renovation and expansion, historic preservation, interior design and master planning.

Ennead Architects makes buildings whose designs authentically express the progressive missions of their cultural, educational, scientific and governmental institutions and are responsive to their specific environmental conditions. Buildings have been recognized for architectural excellence, for their significant contributions to the cultural life of their communities and for the enhancement of their physical contexts.

The studio's collaborative process is rooted in extensive research involving the analysis of context, program, public image, emerging technologies and a commitment to sustainable solutions. Eleven partners lead the firm: Joseph Fleischer, Timothy Hartung, Duncan Hazard, Guy Maxwell, Kevin McClurkan, Richard Olcott, Susan Rodriguez, Tomas Rossant, Todd Schliemann, Don Weinreich and Thomas Wong.

Vision

• What we create is rooted in how we work: collaboratively, connecting with clients for the benefit of their communities and the public realm.
• We believe in architecture and design as inherently public: open, shared and enduring.
• We listen carefully, engage actively, and respond thoughtfully. Integrity and ingenuity are fundamental to our process.
• Through meaningful dialogue we create an adaptive, passionate working environment and craft innovative, compelling, sustainable solutions.


Ennead Architects. Yale University Art Gallery © Chris Gardner.


Ennead Architects. Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History © Jeff Goldberg/Esto.

 

ABOVE: PEM's new construction will proceed in the area (shaded in red) between Essex and Charter streets, following the removal of several structures within the same footprint. Image courtesy RMA.

Press

PEM SELECTS ENNEAD ARCHITECTS TO DESIGN EXPANSION

Released August 11, 2013

• Construction part of PEM's landmark $650 million Advancement Campaign
• $570 million raised to date
• 175,000-square-foot expansion to open in 2019

SALEM, MA — The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announces the selection of Ennead Architects to design the museum's $200 million, 175,000-square-foot expansion. Renowned for design excellence and for its collaborative approach, Ennead was chosen from a group of distinguished architecture firms that were invited to participate in a design charrette this summer. Ennead brings extensive museum experience to the project, having designed the much-acclaimed 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 impressed us with their creative dexterity, in-depth understanding of our institution and thoughtful design solutions for the museum's complex architectural program. We celebrate their responsive, collaborative spirit and look forward to partnering with them to achieve a design that provides a superlative museum experience," said Dan Monroe, PEM's Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO.

"Ennead Architects brings experience, creativity and tremendous talent to PEM's expansion project," said Samuel T. Byrne, Co-Chairman of the PEM Board of Trustees. "We feel confident they will create a building that will serve the museum well into the future."

Ennead was chosen after the successful completion of the first phase of the building project, executed by Rick Mather Architects of London, U.K. The initial phase included master planning and the renovation of the Dodge wing, which will reopen in October with a new and expanded Art & Nature Center, and a vibrant program of special exhibitions.

"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. "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."

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 galleries; public program and education spaces; a restaurant, as well as essential improvements to the museum's collection, conservation and exhibition processing areas.

Groundbreaking for PEM's expansion project is to commence in 2015, and the new wing will open to the public in 2019. PEM will remain open throughout the construction process until the final months, when re-installation of the museum's galleries will take place.

ENNEAD ARCHITECTS

Known for powerful and sustainable building designs for cultural, educational, scientific and governmental institutions, the internationally acclaimed Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership) has been a leader in the design world for decades. Its buildings have been recognized for architectural excellence, for their significant contributions to the cultural life of their communities and for the enhancement of their physical contexts. Recipient of the prestigious AIA NY Medal of Honor and the Smithsonian Institution-Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and numerous design awards for individual buildings, including 12 National AIA Honor Awards, Ennead engages in work across the spectrum of architectural endeavor, including new building design, planning and adaptive re-use.

PEM ADVANCEMENT CAMPAIGN

Announced in 2011, PEM's visionary $650 million Advancement Campaign – of which $570 million has been raised to date – will ensure that one of the nation's oldest art museums will continue to adapt and thrive in the centuries ahead. The Campaign is distinct for its focus on endowment and long-range planning, as well as its emphasis on fulfilling the museum's mission. An allocation of $350 million to PEM's current endowment of $280 million will make it one of the largest and most sustainable of any art museum in the country.

In a January 29, 2013, feature, The Wall Street Journal called PEM's institutional focus on endowment a "retooling the traditional business model for museums." When the Campaign is completed in 2019, the museum expects to finance 58 percent of its annual budget from the endowment, an economic stability that The Journal notes," very few other museums come close to."

PEM's Advancement Campaign allocates $100 million to infrastructural improvements that will enable PEM to exhibit more internationally acclaimed art exhibitions as well as support the dynamic re-installation of the museum's vast collection in new and innovative ways. The final third of the museum's Advancement Campaign allocates $200 million toward the Ennead expansion, detailed above.

Once the Advancement Campaign is complete and the newly expanded museum opens in 2019, PEM will rank in the top 10 North American art museums in terms of gallery square footage, operating budget and endowment.


 

 


Expansion Project Update

Released May 10, 2013

Following the untimely death of Rick Mather, founder of Rick Mather Architects (RMA), the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has elected to conclude its contract with RMA for the design of the museum's 175,000-square-foot expansion.

"We are deeply saddened by Rick Mather's passing. It was a privilege and an honor to work with Rick and his team. He was a gifted architect," said Dan Monroe, PEM's Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO. "After careful consideration, we have determined the best way forward to complete our expansion project is to engage the services of another firm for the next phase of design. We remain deeply appreciative of all the hard work and dedication that RMA has shown, including development of the master plan and program as well as the successful design and completion of the crucial first phase of the project. We wish them well in all of their future endeavors."

PEM will engage the design services of a yet-undetermined architectural firm, for which an announcement will follow in the coming weeks.


 

 


PEM ANNOUNCES $650 MILLION ADVANCEMENT CAMPAIGN

Released November 07, 2011

CAMPAIGN ONE OF THE LARGEST FOR AN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

CAMPAIGN OVERVIEW
• $550 million in gifts and pledges secured to date
• $350 million for endowment
• $200 million for facility expansion designed by Rick Mather Architects
• $100 million for infrastructure and improvements

SALEM, MA — The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) of Salem, Massachusetts, announced a comprehensive $650 million Campaign designed to advance the museum’s mission to celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people’s lives. The museum has received gifts and pledges totaling $550 million during the quiet phase of the Campaign initiated in 2006.

The Campaign includes a $350 million addition to the current $280 million endowment, $200 million for a 175,000-square-foot expansion designed by Rick Mather Architects, and $100 million to support creative new installations of the collection, several infrastructure improvements to existing facilities and other advancement initiatives.

The $350 million endowment increase will cover all increased operating and program costs for an expanded facility; support continued development of the museum’s distinctive exhibitions, publications, curatorial and education programs; and enable continuation of a strong financial base.

The expansion will add up to 75,000 square feet of new galleries; a new restaurant and roof garden; new public program and education space; and essential improvements to collections storage, exhibition processing and conservation functions.

Increased gallery space for permanent exhibitions will permit the museum to more effectively present its large and diverse collection - which exceeds 1.8 million works of art and culture - through new installations employing creative interpretive strategies aimed at increasing visitor engagement in art and highlighting connections among artistic and cultural traditions.

The addition of 15,000 square feet of changing exhibition galleries will permit significant growth in that program area. During the past three years, exhibitions organized by PEM have premiered at the museum and then traveled to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museum, Houston, the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Saint Louis Art Museum and other major museums.

The Campaign will also provide structural and other improvements to the museum’s Phillips Library, a singular rare books collection and research center, as well as other infrastructure improvements and capital reserves for all museum facilities.

After completion of the Campaign in 2017, PEM will rank among the top dozen art museums in the nation in terms of gallery space and annual operating budget and top six in terms of total endowment.

Dan L. Monroe, director and CEO, said, “Building on a legacy that extends back to 1799, PEM is committed to celebrating outstanding artistic and cultural creativity in a global context. Our members, patrons, trustees, overseers, staff, and volunteers have made remarkable investments in the power of art to enrich people’s lives and to enhance the world in which we live. We deeply appreciate their dedication and generosity.”

Rick Mather Architects has been selected from among a list of internationally acclaimed architects to design the museum expansion due to the firm’s keen sensitivity to urban context, ability to unite contemporary design with existing structures, and success in integrating art and architecture. Mather’s design will complement the 1977 Dodge Wing and the 2003 Moshe Safdie addition, and highlight Yin Yu Tang, the museum’s unique Qing dynasty Chinese house, and East India Marine Hall, a National Historic Landmark.

The Campaign will provide several hundred construction and other jobs during its course, generate long-term economic benefits to Massachusetts and New England, and add new dimensions to the vibrant artistic and cultural life of Massachusetts and the region.

Chris Reaske, chief philanthropy officer at PEM, credits the museum’s success in the quiet phase of the Campaign to “exceptional teamwork and many committed and extraordinarily generous donors and patrons who have invested in PEM’s singular heritage, record of growth and achievement, and unwavering commitment to excellence and creativity.”

PEM’s Board of Trustees is led by Co-Chairmen Sean Healey, chairman and CEO of Affiliated Managers Group Inc., and Sam Byrne, co-founder and managing partner of CrossHarbor Capital Partners, and Board President Robert Shapiro, partner at the international law firm of Ropes & Gray.

Healey, Byrne and Shapiro stated, “PEM has a mission to make art a vital part of people’s lives. The museum has done this in a global context for two centuries, and with special energy and creativity in recent years. The Campaign will cap two decades of thrilling advancement involving the commitment, generosity and teamwork of everyone in the PEM family. We are very grateful for the support that has launched the Campaign so boldly, and we prize the continued spirit of adventure and discovery that will propel the Campaign to a successful conclusion.”

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Collection

Founded in 1799 by many of America’s first global entrepreneurs, PEM’s collection encompasses broad cross-sections of American, Asian, Asian export, African, Oceanic, maritime, photography and Native American art plus early American and Chinese architecture. PEM’s collection is among the finest of its kind in several areas. The collection includes 1.8 million objects, 22 historic buildings (including four National Historic Landmark buildings and six structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places), plus Yin Yu Tang, the unique Qing dynasty Chinese house.

The Phillips Library collection includes more than 400,000 volumes, thousands of rare documents and manuscripts chronicling New England art and culture from its earliest beginnings, as well as important holdings in Asian, Oceanic, maritime, American, Asian and Native American art and history, the Nathaniel Hawthorne archives, and other materials of interest to scholars and researchers worldwide.

Between 1993 and the present, PEM has acquired several thousand works of art through gifts and purchases.

Recent Museum History

PEM was formed in 1992 through consolidation of the former Peabody Museum of Salem and the Essex Institute. PEM launched the Third Century Campaign, the first comprehensive campaign in its history, in 1995.

The museum successfully completed the $194 million Third Century Campaign in 2004. That campaign fueled creation of a new identity for PEM as an art museum uniquely dedicated to connecting art and the world in which it was made. The Third Century Campaign also resulted in renovation or restoration of more than 170,000 square feet of existing facilities; construction of a new 113,000-square-foot addition designed by Moshe Safdie; acquisition of Yin Yu Tang, a complete Qing dynasty house, and re-erection of the house on the PEM campus; and creation of new exhibition, education, publication and collections care programs. Baseline attendance increased 170 percent following completion of the Third Century Campaign, and the museum dramatically increased its national and international visibility. The number of staff members increased from 80 to 236 individuals to date.

Following the 2008 economic crisis, PEM restructured operations and selectively cut expenditures while simultaneously making a substantial investment in exhibitions and select education and public programs. This strategy resulted in attendance growth, increased national and international visibility, and strong patron and donor support.

PEM’s staff provides regional and national leadership to the art museum community. Dan L. Monroe, executive director and CEO, is currently president of the Association of Art Museum Directors and past president of the American Association of Museums. Josh Basseches, deputy director, is president of the New England Museum Association. Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, The James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Chief Curator, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Art Museum Curators. Other executive and curatorial staff members hold leadership positions in their respective fields.

The PEM Board of Trustees consists of 23 members, including trustees from New England, Houston, Denver and Bombay. The Board, along with many generous patrons and donors, has played a central role in the success to date of the PEM Campaign.

Rick Mather Architects

Rick Mather Architects is an architecture and urban design practice based in London, U.K. “Rick Mather and his team are known for an uncanny ability to harmoniously combine contemporary designs with historic structures, for which he has a great appreciation and understanding,” said Josh Basseches, deputy director at PEM.

Rick Mather Architects has won more than 50 awards in recognition of the design quality of its work, including two nominations for the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize.

A native of Oregon, Mather went to the U.K. to study urban design at the Architectural Association in London, and founded his practice in 1973.

His work has been published and exhibited around the world. He is particularly noted for his work in the U.K. at Sir John Soane’s Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Wallace Collection, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and in the United States at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.

The PEM expansion will be one of Rick Mather Architects’ largest projects to date. Boston’s CBT architectural firm will be the architect of record for the expansion and Turner Construction Company will serve as general contractor.



PR Contacts:

April Swieconek - Director of Public Relations - 978-745-9500 X3109 - april@pem.org
Whitney Van Dyke - Senior Press Officer - 978-745-9500 X3228 - whitney_vandyke@pem.org

 

ABOVE: PEM's new construction will proceed in the area (shaded in red) between Essex and Charter streets, following the removal of several structures within the same footprint. Image courtesy RMA.

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ABOVE: PEM's new construction will proceed in the area (shaded in red) between Essex and Charter streets, following the removal of several structures within the same footprint. Image courtesy RMA.