Sacramento, California


Client: City of Sacramento / Crocker Art Museum Association (Not for Profit)

Completion Date: September 2010


Program: A 129,791-square-foot addition to the Crocker Art Museum, featuring exhibition galleries, a 260-seat auditorium, a double-height reception hall, offices, a store, and a café. The Crocker's existing buildings—a Victorian Italianate gallery and mansion—house Asian and European art, while the new wing focuses on contemporary art.

Design Concept and Solution: Charged with designing a contemporary building to host contemporary exhibitions, the Gwathmey Siegel team envisioned the complex as an architectural collage in which new and historic styles complement each other. They linked the L-shaped addition to the rear of the existing gallery building, creating a courtyard between the two. The new wing mirrors the height of the original, and the white and gray palette of its aluminum and zinc paneling offers a modern twist on the older structure's gray cement stucco and white trim. Visitors can move through the buildings seamlessly, beginning in the mansion with Asian art, followed by European art in the original gallery, and ending in the new wing with California art and temporary exhibitions.

Total construction cost: $78 million

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects
475 10th Avenue
New York, NY  10018


City of Sacramento / Crocker Art Museum Association (Not for Profit)

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects
475 10th Avenue
New York, NY  10018

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Charles Gwathmey, FAIA
Robert Siegel, FAIA

Associate Partner in Charge: Gerald Gendreau, AIA

Project Architect: Zachary Moreland, AIA, LEED AP

**All personnel listed are registered architects.

Local Architect (Historic Building Restoration & Site Work Coordination):
HMR Architects
2130 21st Street
Sacramento, CA  95818

Structural: CYS Structural Engineers, Sacramento, CA

MEP: Affiliated Engineers, Walnut Creek, CA

Civil: Morton & Pitalo, Sacramento, CA

Landscape: MTW Group, Sacramento, CA

Lighting: Hillman DiBernardo Leiter Castelli, New York, NY

Acoustical: Charles M Salter Associates, San Francisco, CA

Theater & Audio Visual:     
The Shalleck Collaborative, San Francisco, CA

Architect’s Security Group (formerly Steve Keller and Associates), Ormond Beach, FL

Graphics & Signs:      
Selbert Perkins Design Collaborative, Arlington, MA

General contractor:    
Rudolph & Sletten Inc.,
General & Engineering Contractors, Roseville, CA

Bruce Damonte

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Autodesk, Autocad
Autodesk VIZ
Autodesk, Navisworks



Structural system: Structural Steel Fabrication – Gayle Manufacturing

Exterior cladding
Metal/glass curtainwall: Kawneer

Flat-lock Zinc Wall Panel – Rheinzink
Custom Aluminum Wall Panel System – Architectural Wall Systems
Custom Granite Wall Panels – Jet Mist / Flamed Finish

Thermoplastic Membrane – Sika Sarnafil

Aluminum: Kawneer

Glass:  PPG

Skylights: Kalwall – Insulated Translucent Panel w/ Nano-Gel insulation.

Entrances: Kawneer

Rolling Doors: Cornell Iron Works

Fire Rated Glass Doors: Safti-First

Upswinging doors, other: Operable Partition: Modernfold

Locksets: Sargent

Hinges: Sargent / Rixon

Closers: Sargent / LCN

Exit devices: Sargent

Pulls: Sargent

Security devices: Hirsch / American Dynamics / Pelco

Cabinet hardware: Blum

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: Armstrong Optima

Suspension grid: Armstrong Optima

Demountable partitions: ACME

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:  Mission Bell Manufacturing,

Paneling: Decoustics

Special surfacing: Acoustic Plaster Ceilings – Fellert

Floor and wall tile: Dal

Carpet: Pacific Crest

Wood Flooring: FSC Certified Solid White Oak Strip

Terrazzo: Epoxy Terrazzo, Associated Terrazzo

Office furniture: Herman Miller

Reception furniture: Matteo Grassi

Fixed seating: Theater Solutions

Chairs: Café – Knoll, GF Office 40/4 Stacking

Tables: Café – Knoll, Work Tables: Versteel

Interior ambient lighting:  Custom Gallery Lighting – LiteLab

Downlights:  General: Lightolier, Kurt Versen

Exterior: Erco, Wila, Bega

Controls: Lutron

Elevators/Escalators:  Tyssen Krup Elevator

WC: American Standard with Sloan Optima Low-Flow Flushometer

Lavatories: American Standard w/ Chicago Faucet Low-Flow Sensor