The 26,000-square-foot building provides an estimated 4.3 million annual visitors the opportunity to learn about the Statue of Liberty’s history, influence and legacy through three gallery spaces.
The poured in place concrete superstructure sits above the 500-year flood level. It also includes the Statue of Liberty’s original torch surrounded by frameless glass curtainwalls. The multi-faceted, three-dimensional structural steel roof system is clad with an expansive green roof complete with native vegetation and panoramic views of New York City.
Constructing the museum on Liberty Island did not come without its challenges, the Booton-based company said, the biggest being that the island had no access for the materials needed for construction. It was required that the project could not interfere in any way with the current visitor experience. Despite these challenges, the project completed an aggressive schedule and the museum held its in grand opening on May 16. According to the company, its efforts helped ensure the project was completed on time, and within SOLEIF’s budget.
“Building the Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island has been one of the most challenging and rewarding projects we have ever been involved in,” said Douglas Phelps, president of Phelps Construction Group. “Constructing a museum on a relatively small island in the middle of New York harbor certainly had its difficulties, but they did not compare to honor of being chosen by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation to build this museum for not only our country but the entire world to enjoy and learn what liberty means to them.”
Phelps Construction Group previously worked with SOLEIF on the historic restoration and expansion of the Peopling of America Center on Ellis Island. The Peopling of American Center was completed early 2015.