Tarlton helped transform the lower level of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s Tadao Ando-designed building into new public spaces for exhibitions, programs and artist-driven activities. Previously used as offices and storage space, the two new galleries total 3,600 sf and increase the Pulitzer’s programmable space by nearly 50 percent.
The Pulitzer was temporarily closed to the public during construction, but the museum remained operational, requiring that the team carefully monitor and maintain ideal temperature and humidity while keeping dust and noise to an absolute minimum.
The expansion represents the first major alteration to the building since it opened in 2001 and adds 5,250 sf total space to 6,800 sf of existing galleries. With Christner Inc. serving as architect, the renovated lower level was designed to improve the visitor’s ability to move naturally through the building via the opening of a second stairway to the lower level galleries.
The renovation is intended to maximize space in the building and maintain the intimate experience of art Pulitzer visitors have come to know and appreciate. The Pulitzer reopened May 1, 2015, with a new schedule of concurrent exhibitions.
The project is a finalist for a 2015 Keystone Award from the Associated General Contractors of Missouri.