University of Kansas, Spencer Museum, Kress Gallery & Lee Study Center

The University of Kansas and the Spencer Museum of Art selected Mar Lan Construction for their Phase 2 renovation project. The project included an entire renovation of the fourth floor galleries and the construction of the new Lee Study Center. This comes after Mar Lan had completed the Phase 1 renovation of the third floor galleries and central court in 2016.

One of the main objectives of the renovation was the creation of the Lee Study Center, a valuable tool in Spencer’s role for art education at Kansas University. The Study Center is a state of the art classroom with various systems for display, and for secure storage of antiquities. The highly secure display cases were fabricated and installed by the German company Glasbau Hahn, a world renown fabricator of museum display casework. Since the display cases were the last item installed, Mar Lan worked closely with Glasbau Hahn to insure that all on-site construction was completed to meet the very strict tolerances required.

The most striking transformation for the galleries was the installation of new white oak wood flooring. This replaced the black tile flooring that was part of the original construction. Finishing touches included the replacement of all doors and hardware, new ceilings, new LED lighting, and various code improvements.