Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art is considered among the preeminent cultural institutions devoted to the art of the United States, and AKRF has provided a wide range of planning and environmental consulting services in support of the museum’s long-term planning needs. Our work has included transportation surveys, traffic counts, attendance projections, visual impact and shadow studies, economic benefit studies, and two Environmental Assessment Statements for proposed new facilities, including the new Manhattan building that opened in 2015. Located adjacent to the High Line on Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, the 220,000-square-foot institution features 50,000 square feet of gallery space, a 170-seat theater, library reading room, outdoor terraces, and educational, curatorial, and conservation facilities. 

The project included land use, transportation, air quality, noise, historic resources, urban design, and hazardous materials studies. We prepared the Phase I environmental site assessment and several Phase II subsurface investigations for review by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, and prepared and managed implementation of the Remedial Action Plan and its regulatory reporting requirements.

  • 2016 AIA New York Merit Award 
  • 2016 MASterworks Design Awards Winner 
  • 2015 AIA New York State Design Award of Merit 
  • 2015 Society of American Registered Architects Special Award
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