Public and Municipal Projects

Denver Museum of Nature and Science – Rocky Mountain Science Collections Center

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) has served the Denver community since its founding in 1900. The Museum is housed in a City-owned building that opened to the public in historic City Park in 1908.

During the past 100+ years, the core Museum building has been expanded and renovated many times to meet the increasing needs of the community. Today, the Museum is one of Denver's greatest assets, attracting visitors from around the world and serving a continually growing, demographically changing city.  DMNS serves nearly 1.2 million visitors onsite every year.

Those visitors participate in world-class informal science education programs staged throughout the Museum (approx. 2.5 million experiences annually).   Museum audiences include general visitors, school groups, organized youth groups, Free Day visitors, Museum members, and adults.

The Education and Collections Facility (ECF) addition consists of an approximately 133,000 square foot building extension (2 below ground and 3 above ground levels) on the south side of building, integrating the Science Engagement Center (SEC) which contains new labs, a new temporary exhibitions gallery, and a new Discovery Zone.

In addition, the extension included a Collections Storage Facility to house the Museum’s 1.4 million artifacts together in perpetuity for the public in an environmentally conditioned space.

Educational learning spaces in the Science Engagement Center of the ECF were designed to increase and enhance the Museum’s ability to provide science programming for all audiences and especially to advance science learning in preschool through 8th grade students by immersing them in the world of science in the Discovery Zone, sparking their interest and excitement, and engaging them in scientific thinking.

The ECF addition includes a second temporary exhibit gallery to enable DMNS to host multiple traveling exhibits simultaneously and to provide additional space for DMNS to expand its ability to host larger “blockbuster” exhibits as well as to provide additional space to host festivals, workshops and other programs.

SSG MEP provided the electrical power distribution design, lighting design with coordination of a museum lighting consultant, and lighting controls design, as well as fire alarm system, security, telecommunications, and audio/visual system design coordination.