Columbus Museum of Art


Columbus Museum of Art


Columbus, Ohio


DesignGroup & Schooley Caldwell Associates


The Columbus Museum of Art embarked on a three-phase, 10 year master plan. Corna Kokosing is proud to have worked on all three phases of this cultural gem.

First Phase: Renovation of Beaton Hall. We transformed this old, rundown, inefficient classroom style building into a more typical office building which now houses 85 percent of the museum staff. Work included selective demolition throughout, cutting in an elevator shaft, new mechanicals and HVAC and new floor, wall and ceiling finishes. Our team salvaged, reused and refurbished as many materials as possible.

Second Phase: Renovation and restoration of the 1931 Italian Renaissance Revival Building. Our team worked to restore the interior of this building to its original grandeur. Work included: the transformation of Derby Court by raising the floor and installing a luminous skylight; renovation of the gallery space; re-imagining the entire first floor of the Center for Creativity; auditorium renovations which included new seating, tech equipment, and improved acoustics; and improved accessibility for guests with mobility issues or strollers. The museum remained open during the renovation operating in the Ross Wing where the multi-million dollar collection of artwork remained on display.

Third Phase: Construction of the new nationally-recognized 50,000-square-foot, two-story Margaret M. Walter Wing, a series of three second-floor bridges across the atrium that connect the new and existing galleries, and significant expansion and renovation of the 1974 building. New construction included 21,936 SF of gallery space, museum store, sky-lit entry concourse, art storage for the Museum’s full collection, and sculpture garden with water feature. Expansion and renovation of the 1974 building encompassed the 500-person special event space, galleries, full-service and catering kitchens, restrooms, faculty offices, Schokko Art Café, new fully conditioned indoor truck dock for art deliveries and shipment, complete replacement of the MEP system that serves the entire museum campus, and complete redevelopment of on-site storm-water retention, parking and lawns.

Awards & Recognition

2011 Associated General Contractors (AGC) Build Ohio Award – Phase II
2015 Columbus Downtown Commsision Harrison W. Smith Award
2015 Wall Street Journal’s Best Architecture of the Year
2016 Copper in Architecture Award Winner from the Copper Development Association
2016 Columbus Landmarks Foundation James B. Recchie Award
2016 Associated General Contractors (AGC) Build Ohio Award – Phase III

Community Grand Opening Celebration

We always knew that we would have a beautiful new space in which to display our collections and exhibitions, but with your expertise and guidance, we have a truly amazing new space. The craftsmanship and finishes are beyond what we hoped for. We’re so glad we trusted both our beautiful historic buildings and our new wing to your care.

Nanette Maciejunes–Executive Director, Columbus Museum of Art

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