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Architectural Concepts—Studio D

Studio D Architects’ Front Elevation Color Sample


ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPTS

The Studio D Architects of Las Cruces Site Master Plan provides a phased approach that accommodates expansion in increments of approximately $1 million each, and ensures continuity of Museum operations with the addition of functionally complete increments. The Master Plan retains the existing Administration and Gift Shop building with a revised façade that is consistent with the overall architectural image illustrated above—in the above rendition, the existing building is the structure to the right with windows. The architectural intent is that the southern half (right in the rendition) reflects a merger of the styles and colors of the current Museum Administration and Gift Shop Building with those of other buildings visible to the South. The northern half is intended to preserve some of the traditional lines, colors and features, and transition to the high technology lines and shapes of the missiles and rockets on display in the Missile Park immediately to the North.

Phase I is a 7,971 square foot, environmentally controlled Exhibit Hall and reception area that functionally replaces the current temporary Exhibit Hall, but retains the structure for other uses until Phase III expansion. The Phase I Exhibit Hall facility with the revised parking implementation is estimated to cost $916K. The Phase I Exhibit Hall and entrance are the front structures illustrated in the left half of the rendition.

Phase II is a 10,948 Square foot Exhibit Hall and Theater addition estimated to cost $1,040K. Combined, the Phase I and II Exhibit Hall additions double the exhibit floor space of the current 6,000 sq ft temporary facility. In addition, the proposed Exhibit Halls will provide two to three times the current Exhibit Hall vertical space with a perimeter observation mezzanine.

Phase III provides a 8,743 square foot Resource and Learning Center, which includes archives and storage, and is estimated to cost $786K. Construction of Phase III requires removal of the temporary building that is the current Exhibit Hall.