Allen County Museum
620 W. Market Street, Lima, Ohio 45801
Tel: 419-222-9426, Contact: Pat Smith, Director
Poggemeyer Design Group
1168 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Tel: 419-260-8779, Contact: Scott Heacock
Tel: 419-228-7272, Project Mgr.: Chris Moore
Project scope included a 17,000 square foot 2-story addition to the existing building and renovation of 33,000 SF addition, which included a storage/support area on the lower level with mechanical services to control humidity for storage of collections. The main level of the addition included a new main entrance lobby and children's discovery center. The children's discovery area has unique construction features including a stone arched tunnel and the facade of a turn-of-the-century school house. Renovated areas include the reprogramming of existing space to add new classroom areas and research room.
The project required close attention to safety of the staff and public as the museum is located on a tight site in downtown Lima. The facility stayed in full operation throughout the entire construction process. With many school tours and limited parking and lay down areas, constant coordination was required with the owner to ensure safe access to the building. Through open communication with the museum staff, the owner was able to continue its operations during a challenging renovation/addition project.