Anchorage Museum hires local architect for expansion project
May 01, 2003
The Anchorage Museum Building Committee is pleased to announce that Kumin Associates, Inc. has been selected for negotiations as the Architect of Record for the Anchorage Museum of History and Art expansion and renovation project. This next addition to the museum will include space for The Imaginarium and the Smithsonian, bringing science and an extensive Arctic Studies ethnographic collection to the institution, which expects to open in mid-2008.
Eight highly qualified Alaska firms submitted statements of interest in the museum expansion project. An evaluation subcommittee reviewed the proposals with the assistance of Brian Carter, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the State University of New York in Buffalo; and Janet Donelson, an architect who lead capital projects delivery at the University of Washington in Seattle for 12 years. The unanimous decision to enter into design contract negotiations with Kumin Associates, Inc. was made by the full Museum Building Committee on April 30.
Kumin Associates, Inc. has grown up with Anchorage over the past 26 years. They have helped build Anchorage as a thriving urban center of Alaska and shepherded numerous major public and private projects to successful completion. As the Architect of Record they will manage the design through construction and will orchestrate the input of the community, the museum staff and boards, the Museum Building Committee, the Municipality of Anchorage, the museum architect and a project team of technical consultants.
Two architects will be hired for the expansion. The Museum Building Committee, with the advice of Kumin Associates, Inc., expects to select the other museum architect in early June. Thirty-five proposals have been received from interested architects around the globe. The museum architect will bring significant museum expertise, working with the community and the design team to provide inspiration and creativity in the early shaping of the design. Kumin's firm will develop the design and produce the construction drawings ensuring that the design is suitable for northern conditions and for Alaska.
Kumin brings extensive public and private project experience including Ted Stevens AIA Rail Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center, Bartlett High School renovation, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Denali Replacement Elementary School, Carr Gottstein Academic Center, Southcentral Foundation Dental & Optometry Clinic, Alaska Area Native Health Services, The Pathway House, Wasilla Multi-Use Sports Facility, and Weyerhauser Aviation Facility.
Jonathan Kumin will serve as principal-in-charge. He will manage the architectural and engineering team, with special focus on the interaction with the museum architect. "Kumin has helped owners resolve building issues with breakthrough ideas that improve functional aspects of a design and provide greater construction and operational economy," says Sarah Barton, project advisor with RISE Alaska. "He is noted for helping clients reach design solutions that resolve complex requirements. His philosophy focuses on two primary goalsÑattractive buildings that function properly and quality service to all clients."
Other key members of the team are: Blase Burkhart, project manager; Charles (Chip) Banister, project architect; Joanna Burke Croft, architect; and Sandra L. Jones, quality control.
For more information, contact Sarah Barton, project advisor with RISE Alaska at 276-8095.