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Boston Museum of Fine Arts campus master program plan, Boston, United States

Thursday 13 Nov 2008

Museum master awarded to Ann Beha

Boston Museum of Fine Arts campus master program plan by Ann Beha Architects in Boston, United States
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Boston Museum of Fine Arts campus master program plan by Ann Beha Architects in Boston, United States
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Ann Beha Architects appointed for Boston Museum of Fine Arts campus master program plan 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), has commissioned Ann Beha Architects (ABA) of Boston to develop a Master Program Plan for its campus, including The Forsyth Institute property that the MFA purchased in September 2007. The Forsyth Institute’s historic Beaux Arts building, located at 140 The Fenway adjacent to the MFA building’s east side, extends the Museum’s landmark campus along Boston’s historic Fenway.

ABA's Master Program Plan will examine the MFA’s current and projected space needs and analyze how the Museum's facilities could accommodate them. The effort will include a comprehensive assessment of the Forsyth property, and will explore how to integrate it programmatically as well as physically into the MFA.

“The purchase of the Forsyth building provides an opportunity to reassess the MFA’s entire campus and determine the best ways to use our real estate to achieve our strategic goals,” said Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. “ABA’s experience in adapting historic buildings, coupled with the firm’s understanding of Boston and its communities, will serve the Museum well as we look toward successfully incorporating the Forsyth property into the MFA’s environs.”

Completed in 1914, The Forsyth Institute comprises approximately 115,000 sq ft on 1.6 acres of land bordering Forsyth Way and the Fenway. It overlooks the Back Bay Fens portion of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace, as do the Museum and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The newly expanded MFA campus represents the largest frontage along the Fens. ABA will address the relationship between the Fens and the Forsyth property, recognizing the importance of the landscape to the Fenway neighborhood.

The Master Program Plan will incorporate information gathered from meetings with Museum staff, Trustees, and community leaders, and will include sustainable design principles. The MFA has also hired Smith + St. John Inc., a Boston-area development and project management services group, to serve as owner’s representative in managing this effort. “This project joins heritage with future vision. These significant buildings, with their extensive frontage on the historic Fens, reflect the Museum’s identity and reach,” said Ann Beha, Principal of ABA. “Our job is to find the most creative path for the Museum as it expands its remarkable campus.” The Building Project is expected to be completed in late 2010.

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