Client:Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Designer:Moshe Safdie and Associates of Somersville, Massachusetts
Nabholz served on the team of Linbeck / Nabholz, Joint Venture (LNJV) as Construction Manager for this internationally recognized museum and cultural center.
The project scope included clearing the initial site on the 110-acre expanse in a forested ravine approximately a half mile from downtown Bentonville. A stream — fed by over 500 acres of drainage — runs through the site and had to be temporarily diverted during the entire construction process. Nabholz’ excavation group performed all of the site clearing, mass excavation, site utilities, and retention ponds.
Additional work included the foundation packages, sub-soil drainage, water proofing, concrete placement, glass, glazing, roof structures, steel erection, landscaping, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire proofing systems, and security, audio/visual/information technology systems. The interior construction scope included millwork, sheet rock, stud framing, flooring, interior finishes, and an extensive shade package that was crucial to protect the incoming artwork from damaging UV rays.
The finished product encompasses ten independent structures connected by passageways, forming a series of pavilions over and alongside manmade ponds. These stunning structures house galleries, classrooms, a library, lecture hall, curatorial wing, administrative offices, reception and hospitality facilities, and a multipurpose great hall. This 210,000-square-foot campus is a work of art in itself and was built with sustainable features and green building efforts from site prep to completion.