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The ‘Big Move’ of this project involved removing the roof above the 10,500 SF two-story History Gallery in order to reconfigure the gallery as two separate stories – a basement vault for collections and a ground level gallery that will host an updated history exhibit and new space for a Changing History Gallery. This move also transformed the museum’s photo archives from a back-of-house department into an easily accessible public destination.


To support the museum’s re-imagined public spaces, a revised, user-friendly circulation scheme provides visitors a daylit gallery ‘alley’ from which to access four of its galleries. This project also executed significant HVAC and electrical upgrades throughout the original museum building. These will ensure the museum’s ability to maintain the delicate balance of environmental controls critical for its collections.


A significant accomplishment of this project was completing the re-roof, new slab pour and system upgrades all while keeping most of the facility operational.

Owner: City of Albuquerque

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Size: 30,000 SF Renovation

Photos by Kirk Gittings