Hispanic Society of America Museum & Library

Master Plan Study


Kohler Ronan provided programming and master plan studies for the Hispanic Society Museum and Library (HSML). Studies included space planning drawings to establish MEP/FP equipment locations and interconnections with the building elements, riser and flow diagrams for the mechanical and electrical systems to aid in pricing exercises to establish budget, as well as written documentation of the existing and proposed systems. As the intent of the project’s construction is to be phased, Kohler Ronan’s studies involved a review of each building of the HSML site, its independent utility services, and possible interconnection of services to understand the most efficient and cost-effective way to provide mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, and electrical services to the site and its individual buildings.

Site visits were performed to review existing conditions and compare against existing MEP/FP and Infrastructure Technology documentation. Various design charette meetings were held with the architects and the client to discuss the MEP/FP and IT strategies and to understand the owner’s vision for the HSML site. Concept design documentation was provided to aid in budgeting and scope delineation for all consultants involved and for use by HSML. A formal master plan document incorporating all consultants’ input, complete with conceptual diagrams and space proofing documents, was provided. The package, in concert with Kohler Ronan’s presence at bid reviews and presentations, provided HSML with a global understanding of the MEP/FP and IT impacts to the site and its effect on the aesthetic aspects of the architectural design. This also included impacts to the feasibility and needed support
for the required programming.


ARCHITECTBeyer Blinder Belle Architects,
 Selldorf Architects
SIZEEst. 85,000 square feet

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