Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Scope of Work
Berggren Architects completed an assessment for the museum.
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a series of five museums, the first built in 1959.
This project was completed in 2021.
However, most of these priorities require relocation of those artifacts stored within the vaults. Unfortunately, space is so limited that there is no alternative storage location available.
At numerous locations throughout this report there are references to moisture penetrating the building envelope of the various museums.
Recommended improvements by consulting conservator, architect and engineer that will maximize:
- the preservation environment
- space efficiency; and
- access to collections by staff and the public.
We have come to the conclusion that the most expeditious means to satisfy all concerns is the construction of a new facility dedicated to creating an ideal environment for the storage of all the collections entrusted to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The Registration Area, including the Registrar’s Office and Files should be relocated to the primary access point of this new facility.
When the total project is completed we will have added an additional 28,800 square feet of new construction, 14,800 square feet of renovation to the Whitney’s Lower Level and 9500 square feet of reconstruction with only 125 lineal feet of new exterior wall and less than 11,600 square feet of new roof area. The project will create more than 35,000 square feet of state-of-the-art collections storage and will have freed up more than 14,000 square feet of former vault storage for other purposes.
We have estimated that amount of space would provide sufficient space for a shared collections storage vault dedicated to the large objects currently not being housed in their respective vaults and three other collections storage vaults dedicated to three of the five museums.
This location will eliminate over 480 lineal feet of foundation wall scheduled to be repaired and dampproofed.
This location takes advantage of the original freight elevator.
This location provides the shortest distance to connect the Lower Levels of Cody Firearms Museum and the Buffalo Bill Museum.
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Arts & Cultural Centers
Since the 1980s, we’ve worked with some of the nation’s leading conservators to assess museum facilities across the Midwest. With decades of experience, we have the sensitivity necessary to preserve and protect the priceless collections held in museums across the country.
Our team has experience detailing the optimal environments for all types of collections which hold all forms of artwork, artifacts, documents of antiquity, and objects of natural history. We have provided post-assessment services for many museums, including grant-funded reassessments and corrective construction projects.
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We offer restoration and preservation of your historic structures. Using extraordinary materials and craftsmanship, our historic structures are a lasting tribute to the people for whom they were built.
We offer consulting services to both general clients and professional clients in sharing our knowledge and expertise in the area of historic preservation. Our master planning and preservation planning prepares our clients to be better able to plan for the life of their historic structures and districts.
We know the meaning of sustainability because of our in-depth work with structures which have stood the test of time. We offer sustainable and green new construction which is historically sympathetic, including in the form of additions.
Jerry L. Berggren, AIA
Jerry Berggren founded the firm in 1977 in Lincoln, Nebraska and has since then been dedicated to the preservation of Nebraska’s finest architecture. The 1983 Jobs Bill was the milestone which introduced the firm to its most significant building type, the historic county courthouse. A project to improve the thermal efficiency of the windows at the Johnson County Courthouse in Tecumseh also initiated Berggren’s concern for energy conservation and an ongoing commitment to sustainable design.
In 1986, Jerry’s “Courthouse Trail” proposal to the state was approved. The Courthouse Trail experience solidified two career-long relationships with the Nebraska Energy Office and the Nebraska Association of County Officials. He continued to serve Nebraska’s county clients and in 2002 he became the recipient of the Honors Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This achievement was Berggren’s first nationally recognized award.
Today, Jerry Berggren has expanded his firm and employs professionals with abilities in historic preservation, architecture, interior design, sustainability, master planning and more. The future will undoubtedly hold more unexpected opportunities and challenges. He looks forward to each of those and you are invited to contact him directly regarding the architectural challenges you face.
Garry Martin, Associate AIA
Garry has been working in the architectural field continuously since obtaining a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1991. He had previously worked with Jerry Berggren as an intern in 1989 and the experience piqued his interest in the field of preservation. Garry leads the production team at Berggren Architects.
Farheen, a citizen of India, began her career with formal education in that county achieving the status of architect. When her husband was transferred to the US, she seized the opportunity to study at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln graduating in 2019 with her Master of Architecture. She immediately became one of our full time employees continuing to work until her student visa expired in July of 2020. Having to return to India, we thought we had lost a valued employee. Thanks to COVID, we have had to learn to work remotely. From India, Farheen is once again joining us. This time as a contract employee and we are very grateful to have her back
Janet has a career history as an educator, writer, and researcher in the field of historical and architectural preservation. She currently works as the College Historian for Doane College in Crete, NE and is the Curator for the Crete Heritage Society. Janet is currently employed as the firm’s Architectural/Preservation Historian.
Jessica joined Berggren Architects in 2019. Now in her third year of our Larsen Legacy internship program, she is heavily involved assisting with construction document. Including recent projects for Cass, Jefferson and Nemaha Counties. Jess has also become our liaison with the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Medi Arts as be explore greater uses of video and animation.
Brandy Nguyen joined Berggren Architects in April of 2020. As an architectural Brandy was recruited in 2020 by Jessica to become the next Larsen Legacy intern. During this year of his internship, he is taking charge of Berggren Architects outward appearance. Website development and polishing the proposal we submit are among his responsibilities. He is also becoming a significant help with the production of construction documents.
Alexi joined Berggren Architects in 2021. In her first year as a Larsen Legacy intern, her responsibilities begin with coordinating office operations and research. Her future responsibilities will include marketing as she advances toward preparation of construction documents and design.