The Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) represents the first PhD degree-granting program for any museum in the Western hemisphere. The comparative biology program offers students unparalleled access to the resources of the Museum, including its world-renowned collections, exceptional history library of 40,000 scientific volumes, and over forty distinguished faculty members.
The Richard Gilder Graduate School facility is located in the top floor of the Museum’s 1891 building. The project includes a 25-person teaching lab, a student lounge, study spaces, 50-person lecture hall and administrative offices. Crucial to the success of the project was the coordination and integration of the new space within the existing historic building.
Role + Responsibilities
Over the last twenty-five years, Zubatkin has had the privilege of partnering with the Museum on its major capital projects and other master planning initiatives. For the Graduate Center project, Zubatkin was responsible for overseeing the design, construction and occupancy of the project. The Zubatkin team also provided expertise on the overall project phasing and logistics strategy, setting up a multi-phase schedule for construction and maintaining public safety as AMNH continued its daily operations. The In-House Technical Group was valuable in performing drawing reviews and resolving technical issues related to the construction.