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Perhaps your museums archives have run out of space, or its public programs have outgrown their facility Perhaps a generous donor or an energetic campaign has provided the funding for a renovation, a new wing, or a new building Whatever the circumstances, small and midsized museums can find themselves taking on a construction project But those responsible for seeing that its done rightboard members, museum professionals, and skilled museum volunteersare seldom experienced in the high stakes world of construction management.This handbook outlines the processes and explains the complexities of renovating and building facilities It highlights what issues to consider and what questions to ask it outlines steps from needs assessment and project planning to design development, budgeting, construction, and, finally, settling into the new space it provides the vocabulary and framework for the specific challenges of museum construction.Written by staff members at the Minnesota Historical Society who have consulted on scores of building projects, this volume helps museum professionals and volunteers understand the construction process to achieve their goals in a time of tight budgets....

Title : Building Museums: A Handbook for Small and Midsize Organizations
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ISBN : 0873518470
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Minnesota Historical Society Press 1 edition January 15, 2012
Number of Pages : 192 pages
File Size : 895 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Building Museums: A Handbook for Small and Midsize Organizations Reviews

  • Katlean
    2019-04-27 02:07

    it tells you more than you thought you needed to know. However, it is information that you really do need to know when starting a big project as building a new museum. This is a project that a group of us are undertaking and needed advise. This is the place, in this book.

  • CP
    2019-04-26 01:51

    I work at a historic society/museum with hopes of expansion; this book is currently sitting in a prime desktop location and has been tremendously helpful as we dream about the future. This user-friendly, straight-forward guide is a handy tool for those of us who work or volunteer in museums but lack formal facilities management or construction experience. We still have a few years to go before we're ready for a full-out capital campaign and addition, but it's already proven itself handy as a general reference as we get our building ducks in a row. I've also recommended it to board members who have questions about what an expansion involves.

  • Janice Klein
    2019-04-27 01:57

    Drawing on their years of experience with small and mid-sized museums in Minnesota, the authors of Building Museums provide a step-by-step guide to museum building projects. It is especially important for smaller museums where there are limited resources, both of money and manpower, and the existing staff and board members need to become "experts on museum buildings". The book lays out in clear non-specialist terms everything that needs to be done, from assembling a Building Committee to developing a budget to working with architects and contractors to surviving the actual construction process and moving into a new (or newly renovated) space. Of particular value is the chapter on Museum Environment, which lays out the specific needs of a museum (as opposed to any other type of building) including environmental and security issues. This chapter is a must-read for any architect or engineer that wants to work with a museum.

  • Ruth Strassler
    2019-04-28 05:06

    Pertinent for small museums. There is little on this subject so this is valuable resource. It is practical, usable. Wish it had been available at the beginning of our project.

  • Patricia Kierstyn
    2019-05-02 06:55

    As our small museum needs to prepare our 1905 office building for display use, this book gives much practicle advice for undertaking the project.

  • Scott L. Wands
    2019-05-11 06:07

    Building Museums helps organizations navigate the complexities of construction projects--both those renovating existing buildings or those creating new ones. Herskovitz, Glines, and Grabitske guide readers through all project phases from planning, to design, to construction, to the grand opening. Authors present material in an easy-to-read format, pairing narrative with helpful framing questions and keys to success throughout. Appendices help navigate difficult topics like reading blueprints and commonly used abbreviations for those without formal architectural training. Especially helpful are the sections pertaining to lighting, HVAC systems, fire suppression systems, and off-gassing. Ever wonder what the ideal height above floor and distance from wall is for mounting light fixtures to avoid glare and shadows? Curious as to the differences between forced hot air, radiant heat, and fan coil with forced air HVAC systems? Unsure if you should install wet pipe, dry pipe, or water mist fire suppression systems? Building Museums defines each system succinctly, explains their pros and cons, and mixes in helpful graphics whenever possible.

  • Patricia L. Miller, Illinois Heritage Association
    2019-05-11 23:08

    The Illinois Heritage Association circulating library contains a new book that offers practical guidance for museum staff and volunteers involved in museum construction or renovation. Building Museums: A Handbook for Small and Midsize Organizations, by Robert Herskovitz, Timothy Glines, and David Grabitske (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2012), is an invaluable resource. Like a true guidebook, the 8 ½" x 11" paperback volume takes you step-by-step through the journey, from imagining your project to moving in to the new structure and adjusting to new surroundings. Every aspect of the process is covered in 179 pages, including assembling a building committee; listing spatial requirements; paying for the project; developing the design and addressing regulatory codes; gathering construction documents and going through the bid process; and constructing, evaluating, and documenting the building. The finished structure is not the end of the line, however; the book details how to orchestrate the move into the new or newly renovated museum and how to celebrate with a grand opening.