The Rubin Museum of Art was conceived as a new institution by philanthropists Donald and Shelly Rubin. Dedicated to sharing the ideas, culture and art of the Himalayas, India and neighboring regions, the museum recently celebrated its ten year anniversary.
The Rubin Museum initiated a major adaptive re-use project to convert a Barney’s luxury department store into its new museum space. The project involved a full renovation of the building, integrating new mechanical, life safety and security systems. The design integrated some of the existing architectural features, including the restoration of a signature, Andrée Putman steel and marble central stair. The final program included museum-quality exhibit and photography galleries, a theater for multi-media events and performances, café and gift shop. The project involved securing approvals from the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals.
Role + Responsibilities
One of the project’s key challenges was defining a program that would have the flexibility to allow the museum to grow and evolve over time. A partner with the museum from the project’s inception through opening day, Zubatkin provided support with the strategic planning, design, construction and operation of the facility. Initially, the Zubatkin team helped define key goals and objectives and established an implementation plan to translate the institution’s vision and mission into a physical facility. Zubatkin also advised on due diligence efforts, oversaw the program development and municipal approvals. The firm’s In-House Technical Group assisted in the review of drawings and advised on the operations planning for the new facility.