The Tarlton/Pepper/KAI joint venture served as General Contractor for the
one-of-a-kind, LEED Gold expansion of the historic Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park. Following substantial completion in 2012, systems testing and the installation of art continues in the 200,000-square-foot addition to the east and south of the 1904 Cass Gilbert main building.
The East Building will offer visitors 80,000 square feet of new gallery space and expanded public amenities. The grand opening is set for June 29 and 30, 2013.
London-based architect David Chipperfield's design called for a stately structure seamlessly integrated with the original building. The new East Building's façade is composed of 23 massive dark, polished concrete panels that incorporate Missouri and Wisconsin river aggregate. Inside, the new galleries and public spaces feature 698 skylights created by a 48-inch-tall cast architectural concrete coffered ceiling, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows that provide views from both inside and outside.
The project also included a new 140-seat restaurant, 60-seat café, 300-space below-grade parking garage and a new, fully accessible entrance on Fine Arts Drive. A dedicated bus/group tour entrance south of the museum relieves traffic congestion on Fine Arts Drive and improves visitor safety.