Project Profiles

Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum

Project Overview

The Please Touch Museum, the nation’s first museum for children ages seven and under, moved into Philadelphia’s Memorial Hall in the fall of 2008.  Memorial Hall is a National Historic Landmark and the last major building remaining from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition celebrated in Philadelphia.  The building is located in Fairmount Park, a short distance from the Philadelphia Zoo.

Renovations included new exhibit areas, a cafeteria, administrative offices and an auditorium. Exterior granite repairs, plaster restoration, grounds excavation, and architecturally respectful insertions to the original structure were made to provide safe access and technological enhancements to the facility.  The new museum contains 38,000 square feet of exhibit space including a life-sized replica of the Statue of Liberty’s Arm and Torch, a newly restored 1924 Dentzel Carousel. On-site parking with stroller and handicapped ramps and a restaurant adjacent to the museum was incorporated into the renovation.

Envision Consultants served as a subconsultant to Daniel J. Keating Company, the general contractor for the project.  Envision was responsible for CPM Scheduling services, including the development of the baseline schedule with follow-up monthly progress updates to the baseline schedule.

Project Highlights

  • Owner: Please Touch Museum
  • Client: Daniel J. Keating Company
  • Project Start: December 2005
  • Project End: October 2008
  • Estimated Cost: $50 million

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