Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc, Group

Sarasota, Florida


The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla., has long held one of the world's great collections of baroque masters, including Peter Paul Rubens, Velazquez, van Dyck, and others. But for years many pieces could not be shown to their best advantage, and hundreds could not be displayed at all. They sat in storage in the museum's damp basement, or in warehouses. Now, the Ringling offers new galleries in which to fully exhibit the collection it houses.

The museum's new 30,000-square-foot Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing, designed by HOK's Yann Weymouth, brings a subtle, tailored sensitivity to the historic museum, respecting John Ringling’s original intentions while catapulting the museum into the 21st century. The walls are built of 12-inch filled-cell block with stucco covering to match the original museum building. Cast stone elements at the building’s plinth visually link old and new structures.

The Searing Wing completes the Ringling's master plan, which called for restoration of existing buildings and estate to 1920’s Italianate splendor, a new entry, administrative, curatorial spaces, and expansion of the galleries. The completed project doubles the building area of the center, enlarges the original park, adds two lakes, and eliminates internal vehicular traffic.

Key components of the revitalized Ringling estate also include a visitors pavilion, which provides a 33,000-square-foot grand entrance to the estate through the refurbished gatehouse and features the fully restored Asolo Theater. The theater's 72 panels were originally constructed within the castle of the exiled Queen of Cyprus in Asolo, Italy, then shipped to America in 1950, and recently resurrected from a condemned building through two years of painstaking restoration.

A 68,000-square-foot education/conversation building houses the museum’s 65,000-volume library, an art vault, a state-of-the-art conservation laboratory, classrooms, and administrative and curatorial offices. The Tibbals Learning Center, home of the world’s largest miniature circus, adds a new 30,600-squre-foot building to the existing circus museum. The master plan for the estate also includes a fully restored Ca d’Zan (John and Mable Ringling’s mansion), a living document of life in the Roaring 20’s.


The Florida State University

Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. (HOK),
One Tampa City Center, Suite 1800,
Tampa, Florida 33602
V: 813-229-0300 / F: 813-223-9116,

Director of Design: Yann R. Weymouth, AIA

Project Manager: Will R. Hollingsworth, AIA

Architect of record
HOK, Yann R. Weymouth, Director of Design,
Will Hollingsworth, AIA, Project Manager
One Tampa City Center, Suite 1800;
Tampa, Florida  33602
V: 813-229-0300 / F: 813-223-7116

Interior designer
HOK, Eva Busato

MEP/FP Engineers:
TLC Engineering for Architecture, Ray Stacy, PM, Tampa, Florida 33609
V: 813-637-0110 / F: 813-637-0013, raymond.stacey@tlc-eng.com


Civil Engineering:
AM Engineering, Art Altenderfer,
Sarasota, Florida 34240,
V: 941-377-9178 / F: 941-378-3786,

Structural Engineer:
Master Consulting Engineering, Inc.
(MCE); James Mehltretter, P.E., Principal,
Tampa, Florida,
V: 813-835-4885 / F: 813-835-5226,

Landscape Architect:
Valley Crest Design Group;
Phil Graham ASLA, Principal,
St. Petersburg, Florida
V: 727-821-5225 / F: 727-826-1626

EDAW, Inc.,
David Sacks,
Atlanta, Georgia  30308,
V: 404-870-5339 / F: 404-870-6590,

Creative Acoustics, LLC,
David Greenberg,
Westport, CT  06880,
V: 203-226-8949 / F: 866-265-7408,

Robert Long Associates,
Robert Long,
Chapel Hill, NC  27516,
V: 919-929-7443 / F: 919-929-4519,

Food Service:
Fishman & Associates, Inc.,
Charles Fishman, Venice,
Florida  34285,
V: 941-484-8800 / F: 941-484-8811,

Art Panel Conservation / Installations
Ringling Museum of Art,
Michelle Scalera,
Sarasota, Florida  34243,
V: 941-359-5734 / F: 941-359-7894,

Ball Construction, Inc.,
Daniel “Pat” Ball,
Sarasota, Florida  34236,
V: 941-955-7096 / F: 941-365-0343

McKay Visitor Pavilion and Searing Gallery expansion:
Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.,
David Sessions, Sr. Project Manager,
John LaCivita, PM,
Sarasota, Florida  34239,
V: 941-366-3116 / F: 941-954-5509, desessions@willissmith.com

Education Building:
Evergreen Construction,
Will Goodwin, PM,
Atlanta, Georgia 30339,
V: 678-244-6522 / F: 678-244-6565, wgoodwin@evergreencorp.com

George Cott, Chroma, Inc.,
3612 Swann Ave.,
Tampa, Florida  33609
V: 813-873-1374 / F: 813-876-5093
EM: lightjet@tampabay.rr.com

Giovanni Lunardi:
www.lunardi.com (Ca d'Zan photo only)



Fabricators of buildout components:
GATE Precast Company,
Roy Wright, P.E., Project Executive,
Sarasota, Florida  34236,
V: 941-957-0270 / F: 941-955-2108,

Glass Curtain Wall:
Key Glass & Window, Inc.,
Gregory Burkhart, President,
Bradenton, Florida  34203,
V: 941-755-3414 / F: 941-751-0074,

Specialty Steel Fabricator:
Florida Structural Steel,
Mary King, Sales/Estimating,
Tampa, Florida  33605,
V: 813-241-4261 / F: 813-247-3864,