Hunter Museum of American Art

Chattanooga, Tenn.


EMJ's team performed a renovation and expansion to Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tenn. in 2005. The project included a 30,000 square-foot expansion, a 9,200 square-foot state-of-the-art storage facility addition, 38,000-square-feet of renovated space within the existing facility, and a sculpture garden seamlessly tied into the city riverfront system. Additional amenities include the main lobby, a café that seats 80 people, numerous terraces, a sculpture garden, and a retail shop. The scope of the work consisted of reworking the display and circulation spaces throughout the museum, inserting new administrative and support spaces underneath the existing facility, and the addition of a temporary exhibit gallery, auditorium, and full-service kitchen. The EMJ team constructed the unique geometries of the West Expansion using computer modeling technologies and steel-framed columns and beams clad in angel hair finished stainless steel panels, patina-treated zinc panels, and glass.

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