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Science History Institute

The Science History Institute (SHI) preserves, interprets and promotes the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences and technologies. To increase their impact and influence, SHI wanted a facility that supports its library and digital presence, safeguards its priceless collection, attracts researchers and augments staff capabilities. Working with exhibit design consultants, we transformed a historic bank building adjacent to the SHI’s headquarters into an integrated museum and conference center, with flexible meeting space, climate-controlled galleries and storage facilities for their major collections of chemical instruments, papers, books, photographs and fine art. The design is both a contemporary intervention, incorporating glass floors, stairs and railings, and a historic restoration of the original 19th century structure, culminating in a spectacular environment for exhibitions, conferences and enhanced programming.

Location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Size

20,000 sf

Project Principal

Peter Saylor

Project Manager

David Searles