The Queen’s Museum announced that LEVENBETTS has been chosen as the architect for the second and final phase of its $70 million expansion project.
In November 2013, the museum finished the first phase, which added galleries, event venues, learning spaces, and visitor amenities. Addition of children’s museum, classrooms, and art storage space will be included in the second phase, construction of which is slated to begin next year.
On the details of the project, Jackson Heights Post further reported:
The second phase of the expansion project, which will cost around $30 million to complete, will feature a children’s museum; additional classrooms/ workshop areas; a 5,500-square-foot intergenerational, multilingual family art lab; a 2,600-square-foot art storage vault; new offices; exhibition prep spaces; and a designated area for back-of-house operations.
The additional classrooms will allow the museum to accommodate more school trips and educational programming and the secure storage space will protect the museum’s 15,000 objects and accommodate more pieces.
Additionally, the project includes plans to upgrade the museum’s HVAC system to improve its energy conservation and cost savings.
The project will add to LEVENBETTS’ growing list of design projects in Queens. The firm is currently working on an affordable senior housing project in Forest Hills and on design work for the Baisley Park Library in South Jamaica. LEVENBETTS is also working on design projects involving the renovation of several public libraries in Brooklyn.