Project News

 

Gilder Center Project Update

8/9/18

The lower terrace and fountains were closed August 6 and will remain closed for approximately three weeks to allow for the installation of trailers on the upper terrace. The trailers, which will temporarily house the Museum's Ichthyology Department, will be lifted by crane from the horseshoe driveway at the Museum's parking garage and onto the terrace (weather permitting). The crane will be onsite on August 16, with work going on overnight from approximately 6 pm until approximately 6 am on August 17. Because of its proximity to the crane, the Bull Moose Dog run will be closed while the crane operation is taking place (starting at approximately 8 pm) and will open at the regularly scheduled time (6 am) the next morning.

In mid-August the Museum will be closing the Weston Pavilion, our Columbus Avenue entrance, and beginning demolition inside that building.

The Museum will begin installing the site fence around the construction area in late August/early September. Before the site fence installation can begin, a temporary park path will be created at Columbus Avenue near 80th Street, to maintain continued access to Theodore Roosevelt Park and the Bull Moose Dog Run during construction. Pedestrian and bicycle circulation on Columbus Avenue will be maintained. The bike lane will be shifted west to accommodate the creation of a pedestrian walkway adjacent to the curb. Signs and barriers will be installed for the safety of the public passing through this area. The vehicular lanes of traffic will remain as they are.

In the next few weeks, arborists will be working with the NYC Parks Department to survey the park and to identify the trees that will require protection during construction. NYC Parks Department tree protection measures, including plywood enclosures as needed, will be placed around the protected trees. Other vegetation, fencing, and park furniture will be cleared from the construction area. Tree removal and removal and storage of the landmarked stone piers at the West 79th Street entrance to the Park will begin after the site fence is installed. New trees will be planted and the piers will be reinstalled at the 79th Street entrance as part of the Park improvements the Museum will be making toward the end of the construction period.

For more information about the Gilder Center project, please visit the project website, amnh.org/gildercenter. For general inquiries, you can also call 212-769-5246 or email gildercenter@amnh.org.

 

Gilder Center Project Update

7/18/18

Earlier this month, the Museum and Community Board 7 convened the first meeting of the Gilder Center Construction Task Force, which includes representatives from neighborhood groups. The Task Force will meet on a monthly basis to discuss construction-related issues. Zac Campbell remains the main contact for any Gilder Center construction-related questions or concerns from the neighborhood. You can reach him at 212-769-5243 or zcampbell@amnh.org.

Thursday, July 19, after the Museum closes, Santiago Calatrava’s New York Times Capsule sculpture will be relocated. The plan to relocate the Times Capsule was approved by Community Board 7’s Parks and Environment committee in June, and by Community Board 7’s Full Board and the New York City Public Design Commission earlier this month. The Times Capsule, currently located in Theodore Roosevelt Park near Columbus Avenue and 79th Street, will be removed and temporarily stored before its reinstallation in its new location in the park along the 81st Street side of the Museum, near the entrance to the Rose Center for Earth and Space.

Over the past few months, three street trees and more than 90 shrubs have been relocated within Theodore Roosevelt Park.  Arborists are currently implementing measures to help the trees recover from the transplant process and adjust to their new location.

The lower terrace and fountains, which reopened in June after a brief closure, are scheduled to be closed on or around August 6 for approximately three weeks to allow for the installation of trailers on the upper terrace. The trailers, which will temporarily house the Museum’s Ichthyology Department, will be lifted by crane from the horseshoe driveway at the Museum’s parking garage and onto the terrace. The crane will be onsite to lift the trailers within a single 48-hour time period during the terrace closure. All crane work will occur at night, and we will be sharing additional details as we get closer to the work.

Separately from the Gilder Center project, to accommodate work for another project, one of the windows of the Museum’s façade along Columbus Avenue near 78th Street (next to the Museum’s service drive) will be converted into a temporary passageway, and a second temporary passageway will be created at the northern end of that same building (facing north into Theodore Roosevelt Park).

For more information about the Gilder Center project, please visit the project website, amnh.org/gildercenter. For general inquiries, you can also call 212-769-5246 or email gildercenter@amnh.org

 

Gilder Center Project Update

6/22/18

Following a short closure due to Gilder Center preparatory work, the lower portion of the Arthur Ross Terrace reopened this week, and the fountains are now on.

The upper terrace will remain closed for the duration of the Gilder Center project, and the lower terrace will close temporarily later this summer to allow for the placement of trailers on the upper terrace.

For more information about the Gilder Center project, please visit the project website, amnh.org/gildercenter. For general inquiries, you can also call 212-769-5246 or email gildercenter@amnh.org.

 

Preparatory Activities Continue

5/25/18 

Preparatory work for the Gilder Center project continues this month. Bartlett Tree Experts, advised by NYC Parks, will be relocating some of the shrubbery and plantings, as well as 3 street trees, to other locations within Theodore Roosevelt Park.

Preparatory work will also begin on the Ross Terrace. Prior to constructing the Gilder Center, some Museum functions will need to be relocated into temporary trailers that will be placed on a portion of the Terrace (the ‘upper terrace,’ where the tables and chairs are currently located).

To prepare this area, the Ross Terrace will be closed for approximately two to three weeks beginning June 4; the temporary trailers will not be placed until a later date. During this time, the pavers on the upper terrace will be removed and temporary fencing will be installed. This work will be done during the day and is not expected to be noisy. While the upper terrace will remain closed for the duration of the Gilder Center construction, the ‘lower terrace’ (the east-west path with benches) and fountains will reopen once this work on the upper terrace is completed.

For more information about the Gilder Center project, please visit the project website, amnh.org/gildercenter. For general inquiries, you can also call 212-769-5246 or email gildercenter@amnh.org.

 

Museum Advances Design and Begins Preparatory Activities

4/27/2018

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) and the Landmarks Preservation Committee (LPC) approved recent refinements to the design for the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, and preparatory work is underway on the 230,000-square-foot project, which will link advanced education and exhibition spaces with the Museum’s scientific facilities and collections.

Design refinements include an adjustment to the height of the parapet adjacent to the Museum’s southern-most building on Columbus Avenue, which will be 8 feet lower, for a more fluid connection at roof level; a connection between the two sides of the new Columbus Avenue entrance via an arching element; the separation of the roof skylight into a series of smaller skylights that allow for the roof on each side to be connected between the skylights and retain the sustainability benefits of a skylight system; and the reduction of bulk in the northeast side of the building, visible from the Ross Terrace, with the central window set back into the building. The unifying material for the northeast side of the building will be brick rather than copper. In addition, Studio Gang has made an interior enhancement to improve east-west circulation with a more centrally located staircase in the central exhibition hall, leading to a second-floor landing. Please see updated renderings in the About the Project section of the Gilder Center website.

The NYC Parks approval letter is available for public review at http://nyc.gov/parks/amnh-gilder

If you have any questions, please call 212-769-5246 or email GilderCenter@amnh.org.

 

NYC Parks Issues Statement of Findings and Approves Gilder Center Project

12/4/2017

Today the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) approved the Museum’s plans for the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, following completion of the environmental review process and issuance of its Statement of Findings. This approval allows the Museum to proceed with its plans to build the 245,000-square-foot project that will reveal current science to visitors of all ages through cutting-edge exhibitions and innovative educational programming.

The Statement of Findings and the approval letter are available for public review at http://nyc.gov/parks/amnh-gilder and at the following locations: 

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks)

The Arsenal in Central Park (contact Owen Wells, below)

St. Agnes Library (444 Amsterdam Avenue)

If you have any questions, please call 212-769-5246 or email GilderCenter@amnh.org

 

NYC Parks Issues Final EIS

11/15/2017

On November 15, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) issued the final Gilder Center Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS is available for public review at http://nyc.gov/parks/amnh-gilder and at the following locations:

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks)

The Arsenal in Central Park (contact Owen Wells, below)

St. Agnes Library (444 Amsterdam Avenue)

If you have any questions, please call 212-769-5246 or email GilderCenter@amnh.org

 

NYC Parks Issues Draft EIS, Sets Public Hearing for June 15

5/18/2017

On May 18, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation issued the draft Gilder Center Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The draft EIS is available for public review at http://nyc.gov/parks/amnh-gilder or at the following locations: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks), The Arsenal in Central Park (contact Owen Wells, below); and St. Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue.

NYC Parks will hold a public hearing on the draft EIS for the Gilder Center on Thursday, June 15, at 6:00 pm at the American Museum of Natural History. Enter at Weston Pavilion entrance, Columbus Avenue and West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024, and proceed to the LeFrak Theater.

Written comments will also be accepted by NYC Parks until 5:00 pm on June 26, 2017, addressed to the following address, fax number, or email address:

Contact person: Owen Wells, Director of Environmental Review

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue, Room 401
New York, NY 10065

Telephone: 212-360-3492
Fax: 212-360-3453
Email: owen.wells@parks.nyc.gov

If you have any questions, please call 212-769-5246 or email GilderCenter@amnh.org

 

More Details About Exhibits, Programs for New Gilder Center Announced

1/12/2017

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The multi-story, 21,000-square-foot, glass-walled Collections Core will be both a critical resource and a spectacular feature of the Gilder Center, revealing the specimens and artifacts that scientists use to investigate and answer fundamental questions, identify new species, and formulate new research questions and directions. 

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On January 11, 2017, the Museum unveiled developing details about the new spaces, programs, and exhibits that will be housed in the proposed Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. The project will house resources for education, exhibition, and research, and reveal modern science to visitors of all ages. 

An Insectarium on the first floor will introduce visitors to some of the most abundant and diverse animals in the world through specimens from the Museum’s collections alongside live insects, scientific tools, and digital displays. And above the Insectarium, visitors will be able to encounter live butterflies from around the world in the Butterfly Vivarium, one of the Museum’s most popular seasonal exhibits, now a year-round living exhibition.

A multi-story, glass-walled Collections Core will house 3.9 million specimens and artifacts from the Museum’s incomparable collections, while the immersive Invisible Worlds Theater will help visitors visualize data and concepts that don’t lend themselves to traditional exhibition—nothing will be too fast, too slow, too small, or too deep in time to be explored in this new space.

In addition, the Gilder Center project will include next-generation classrooms for different age groups in dedicated learning zones. These will include classrooms in a Family Learning Zone, a Middle School Learning Zone that will invite in New York City schools without laboratory facilities to attend “research field trips," a High School Learning Zone, and a Teacher Professional Development Zone.  

Designed by Studio Gang Architects under the leadership of Jeanne Gang and featuring exhibit design by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the facility is expected to open in 2020, after the conclusion of the Museum’s 150th anniversary celebration.

“By showcasing the frontiers of research in ways that align with how people learn today, the Gilder Center will empower our visitors to directly engage with 21st-century science and with the larger world around them, while offering inspiring new spaces and opportunities for share learning, discovery, and community,” says Museum President Ellen V. Futter.