Museum of Natural History’s Expansion Makes Impact on Upper West Side Skyline

Museum of Natural History’s Expansion Makes Impact on Upper West Side Skyline

The latest addition to the American Museum of Natural History – the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation – is making clear progress. The 230,000 sq. ft. expansion is now visible on the skyline of the Upper West Side. We at Construction Guide have been following this project for a while now and are excited to see its progress.

The Center is designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang, and the concept images show distinctive curved edges and rising towers. These structures are apparent in the latest construction developments, which have seen steel rebar forming the basic structure. Of course, much of it is still hidden behind the construction framework, but it’s beginning to take shape.

Inside the building will be various exhibition galleries, designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates. There will be a central atrium with tall ceilings, topped with glass skylights. The shaped openings within the structure give it an organic feel that contrasts against the stark, white aesthetic. Currently, there are plans for an insectarium, a butterfly exhibit, and several classrooms. The structure will also result in a new expanded entrance from the park on Columbus Avenue.

The building is slated for completion in 2022 and will cost $383 million. Developers are aiming for LEED Gold certification, which is always good to see. We can’t wait for this new and interesting addition to an already exciting structure.

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