Any major construction project presents a number of challenges, which are even more complex in an operating museum. Aside from technical issues, which are inherent to all museums, the protection of guests, staff, the building, and works of art must be considered along with logistics. At first take, one may reason that projects at smaller institutions would be easier to manage, but that is only true in terms of their magnitude. The issues are the same and, in some ways, may be more complicated due to limited access and the proximity of work to critical areas.
This article was originally published in the Summer-Fall 2017 issue of Papyrus, a magazine published by the International Association of Museum Facility Administrators.
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