News in Brief: Architect-contractor teams selected for campus art museum

Three pairs of architect-contractor teams have been chosen by a museum selection committee to design and build the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, according to a Nov. 30 news release by the UC Davis News Service.

The three finalist teams are, Kitchell as the contractor, WORKac as the design architect and Westlake Reed Leskosky as the executive architect; Oliver and Company as the contractor, Henning Larsen Architects as the design architect and Gould Evans as the executive architect; and Whiting-Turner as the contractor, SO–IL as the design architect and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as the executive architect.

The selection process included a series of evaluations and criteria such as art-exhibition experience, design ability, familiarity with the University, understanding of the art and academic communities and team cohesiveness and creativity, according to the release.

Each team will have four months to prepare their designs and proposals. Final designs will be unveiled in April.

In order to continue participation with the campus community, an open call exhibition will be held Feb. 8 to Mar. 17 at Nelson Gallery, during the construction period. People are encouraged to present design ideas and visions for the future of the museum using mediums such as photography, drawings, essays and performances.

Ideas and design contributions will be submitted directly to architects and all of the contributions will be displayed during the exhibition.
Rachel Teagle, director of the art museum, said she is proud that the museum project has involved conversation and public opinions from open forum meetings.

“This is the most direct way we could make sure that community input got to our architects and that it will have an impact on our final museum design,” said Teagle.

Ideas can be submitted to kliwong@ucdavis.edu before Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. Winning ideas will be rewarded $500 cash.
The museum is estimated to open in 2016.

MENGSHI SHAO can be reached at campus@theaggie.org.

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