With annual visitor numbers growing from 100,000 in the 1970s to 850,000 in 2017, Denver Art Museum (DAM) seeks to enliven every square foot of space in the North Building; to create a level of flexibility that enables the program to continually evolve; and as expressed by DAM’s Director Christoph Heinrich, to “reinvest in this architectural gem and make it shine for the next 50 years.”
Saunders was selected as the construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) to renovate nearly every area of the Denver Art Museum. The renovation will allow a new welcome center and events space of approximately 50,000 square feet to accommodate new entry and visitor amenities, an event space on the second level and an expanded learning and engagement support space on the B1 level of the building.
The team will also expand the current courtyard, level seven galleries and a new rooftop addition of approximately 8,000 square feet. The renovations and expansions will require complex electrical and mechanical system upgrades and site improvements around the building.
With the Denver Art Museum receiving financial support from City and County of Denver, Saunders is required to meet a minority and women owned (M/WBE) participation goal of 20 percent.