After a $450 million expansion and renovation the iconic MoMA is as stunning as ever.


McKeon Door East along with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Gensler, and Turner Construction Company collaborated on The Museum of Modern Art’s expansion and sleek renovation. According to The Architect’s Newspaper, “Built out over the last three years, the $50 million renovations and $400 million expansion increased the museum’s total footprint to 708,000 square feet. Approximately 165,000 square feet of that space is brand new, 40,000 square feet of which is used for galleries. Renfro said the design team was charged with making a more consolidated, borderless exhibition space that would help create a clear narrative within the museum and allow the curators to showcase various art disciplines.”

McKeon East had nineteen products specified for this impressive project which was designed to expand the previous floor plan and create movement between several lot lines, subsequently fire walls. This latest expansion absorbed several buildings into the museums footprint. The building code required each opening in previous lot lines to be protected by a 3-hour UL 10B rated fire door. In several locations this created an 8’ space between each fire wall. Therefore egress was required to prevent occupants from becoming trapped in the space. These challenges led the McKeon East team to select side coiling/acting S9000 and S7000 fire and smoke rated shutter systems with integrated egress. These doors played a vital part in the expansion as they were required to connect the existing building to the new space. When not deployed, they are hidden allowing MoMA to achieve their desired “borderless” exhibition space while simultaneously complying with fire and life safety as well as egress requirements.

Video excerpted from Inside the Blueprint