IMPROVEMENTS TO THE GOLISANO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

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Address

15080 Livingston Rd, Naples, FL 34109

Budget

$800,000-1,000,000

contractor

GATES CONSTRUCTION

date of completion

Sep 2019

consultants

JOSIE PRESAR, INTERIOR DESIGN

area

2600 SF

The directors of the Golisano Children’s Museum in Naples, Florida were looking to make improvements to the young museum. Since the museum opened in 2012 it has attracted many visitors ever since. But now they feel the need to expand and adapt to their growing audience. Specifically, they felt that the 2nd floor was underutilized and they needed a great space to attract the “older” ages 7-12 kids.

A Makerspace for a growing audience

For phase 1 the museum plans its most exciting change. To create a space where kids can build, create and dream. Then an extensive remodel of the second floor will follow. The entry to this area will greet visitors with a big moving LED signage, which will inform about ongoing projects and events. A large red wall will display current projects, while the glass wall will let people peek into the room to watch. A new mezzanine loft is the highlight of the renovation and will for sure attract curious minds. In order to use the terrace effectively, Hlevel envisions to use big folding door openings to let the “outside, in.” A new trellis structure will not only protect the deck from the Florida sun, but, can also harvest the sun with photovoltaic (PV) panels that will power exterior fans, light, and art-experiments.

Construction begins summer 2018.