Weisman Art Museum Expansion

Weisman Art Museum Expansion

 Site Development

Project Challenge

The Weisman Art Museum on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota is a distinctive, recognized signature building designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry and opened in 1993. It is home to many highly valued or priceless, oversized, original works of art gifted to the University by the Weisman Family Foundation. In 2007, the University and the Weisman Foundation decided to add 11,000 square feet of exhibit space to display newly acquired textile arts and to accommodate traveling exhibits. All additional exhibit floor space is elevated, cantilevered upon columns rising more than 16 feet above the ground. Exterior improvements included highly visible exterior signage and lighting. This project used the “construction management at risk” method of project delivery.

Rani Engineering Solution

Rani Engineering provided site development services. Professional services included:

  • Code and statutory traveling speed and vertical clearance review
  • Traffic study, including line of sight
  • Water main, sanitary sewer and stormwater sewer modifications
  • Erosion and sedimentation control plan preparation
  • Coordination with the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit project office on project features and schedule of construction
  • Coordination with JE Dunn, General Contractor
  • Preparation of plan drawings and specifications