2018-2019 Sprinkler System Renovations
During 2018 and 2019, Phoenix Art Museum will work in collaboration with the City of Phoenix to execute a series of renovations to the Museum’s emergency fire sprinkler systems.
In light of the flood damage suffered by Burton Barr Library in 2017 due to malfunctioning systems, the City has prioritized the undertaking of sweeping efforts to ensure that major public and private institutions city-wide maintain up-to-date emergency technologies.
Closures of Museum spaces to accommodate the renovations will take place on a staggered schedule over approximately 12 months, allowing the Museum to keep a maximum number of gallery spaces open at all times and ensure a positive and enriching guest experience.
Originally constructed in the 1950s and renovated in 1996 by renowned architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the Museum’s building is owned and partially maintained by the City of Phoenix. Before the city-wide renovations began in 2017, the Museum was already in the process of routine maintenance of its emergency fire sprinkler system. Thanks to the City’s additional support, the Museum is now able to complete what would have been at least a five-year process in a condensed schedule of approximately 12 months. The renovations will also include an upgrade to the pipe technology utilized in the Museum’s galleries, which will help slow corrosion and extend the life of the system significantly.