Onassis Cultural Center NY

Gallery Renovations


Located in the Olympic Tower on Fifth Avenue adjacent to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Onassis Cultural Center NY offers a unique space to celebrate Hellenic culture. Spanning antiquity to present day, the center’s galleries feature exhibits of Ancient Greek & Roman Art, Byzantine Art, and Modern & Contemporary Art.

In collaboration with Perkins Eastman Architects, Kohler Ronan completed comprehensive mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering design services in support of renovations to the existing atrium level and cellar level exhibit spaces. At the atrium level, the renovation included new public seating as well as a new fountain. The cellar renovation consisted of the expansion and enhancement of exhibition galleries. Specifically, the project’s scope included the reconfiguration the entry sequence to the cellar, improved accessibility to the basement galleries, and the addition of new restroom facilities. An existing electrical closet was also relocated to accommodate the expansion. Finally, our team ensured that mechanical ductwork and systems serving the galleries are capable of maintaining museum-quality environmental conditions. The end result of the renovations and expansion is a truly stunning atrium inviting gatherings and cultural discussions and clean-lined, modern galleries befitting the display of the center’s Hellenic treasures.


ARCHITECTPerkins Eastman Architects
SIZE5,000 square feet
 (gallery space)
COMPLETION2013 (design services)

Images: ©Paúl Rivera