The new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation completes American Museum of Natural History building group with a new entrance, and science and exhibition spaces.
The new Gilder Center will replace the Museumâ€™s existing loading dock and service buildings to create the Museumâ€™s new Columbus Avenue entrance. Visitors will enter to a light filled, expressive atrium with surrounding theater space, a vivarium and research spaces, to create an exciting new educational experience.
Expressing the Museumâ€™s mission towards sustainability and preservation, the project optimizes both HVAC systems and the building envelope design to improve energy performance. The Gilder Center is expected to have 25% energy cost savings over ASHRAE 90.1-2010. Additionally, with close attention to creating a healthy indoor environment, the team carefully selected sustainable materials, and provided plenty daylight to the atrium and program spaces to create a visually comfortable space for all visitors. The LEED Gold targeted project will be an instrumental part in the Museumâ€™s larger commitment to greenhouse gas reduction goals.