The McNay Art Museum, Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions / 2008

ArchitectJean-Paul Viguier et Associes, Architecture et Urbanisme

Executive ArchitectFord Powell & Carson Architects

Structural EngineerRobert Silman Associates

Services EngineerCosentini Associates

ContractorThe Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Façade ContractorMilestone Metals Inc / Naturalite Skylight Systems

Residing on the historic McNay estate in San Antonio, this art museum is organized around the original Spanish Colonial Revival McNay mansion at its core. The newest addition, completed in 2008, provides 45,000 ft2 (4,181 m2) of new exhibition space as well as archives, storage, and education and support spaces. Front provided design and engineering services for all components of this façade from schematic design through construction administration. The façade systems include a multi-layered skylight assembly that covers the full expanse of the new exhibition gallery, metal cladding roofing systems, and several steel-framed glass walls, doors and entrances. As with many museum projects, achieving even, high-quality, full-spectrum, diffused natural lighting is of utmost importance. Therefore, Front detailed the skylight assembly to optimize lighting conditions, incorporating layers of louvers, blinds and a diffusing laylite featuring a unique pixel pattern. Front also coordinated supply for the roof sunshades and the interior laylite system.