On May 1st, the new Whitney Museum of American Art, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, was finally opened to the public. The new nine-floor building made of concrete, steel and glass and offering stunning views of Manhattan to the East and the Hudson River to the West, will now have twice as much space as the old Modern and Contemporary Art Museum of New York.
In 2013, Canam-Buildings was selected to design and manufacture complex steel deck and associated gauge metal accessories for this project of 4,000 tons of structural steel and measuring 200,000 square feet (18,581 square meters).
Difficult access and a small quadrangle size downtown Manhattan have proved a challenge for deliveries to the site, while respecting the timetable.
More than a museum for exhibitions
Apart from its showrooms, that include one extraordinary 18,030 square feet (1,675 square meters) modular room unobstructed by any structural columns, the Whitney Museum now offers an educational center, a 170-seat auditorium, a library, a conservation center, a coffee shop on the 8th floor and a restaurant on the ground floor.
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