In 2018, the Springfield Art Museum launched a visionary comprehensive site plan for its building and grounds. The goal of this plan was to reimagine the Museum as a 21st century civic asset by expanding educational and public programming space and creating strong physical and aesthetic connections between the Museum grounds, an adjacent park and a greenway trail. While the scope of the site plan was limited to the Museum’s building and grounds, it was to be understood in the context of a larger conceptual plan to link the Museum to other parts of the community through parks and trails. The Museum's 2028 Campaign is our campaign to realize this transformational site plan by the Museum's 100th anniversary year in 2028.
Improvements to the Museum’s grounds include widening and naturalizing Fassnight Creek, which flows through a concrete channel directly south of the Museum, to mitigate flooding risk for the Museum as well as creating trail connections to nearby amenities including the WaterWise Garden south of the Museum and Phelps Grove Park to the west of the Museum. Parking will be relocated and expanded on the north side of the Museum grounds to create additional greenspace for the Museum’s WPA-era Amphitheater, located on the western edge of the grounds, to the Museum’s West Entrance. This will also improve connections between the Museum grounds and Phelps Grove Park, located to the west of the Amphitheater.
Fassnight Creek Naturalization/Stormwater Improvements
Project Status: Completed as of June 2022
While developing the site plan it was discovered that FEMA was in the process of redrawing flood plain maps and planned to place the Museum in both the 100-year and 500-year flood plain. To correct this, the City of Springfield is working to widen and naturalize Fassnight Creek. These improvements will include native Missouri plantings to create an urban wildlife habitat, pedestrian/bike trails, and outdoor sculpture.
Funding for this project is provided through Missouri Department of Natural Resources Stormwater Grant, Missouri Department of Conservation Native Planting Grant, Environmental Protection Agency 319 Grant, and 1/4-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax. For more information about the Fassnight Creek Stormwater Improvement Project, visit the following weblink: Click here.
Fassnight Creek Greenway Trail Connection
Project Status: Under construction. Anticipated completion February 2023
A key goal of the site plan is to connect the Museum and its grounds to sites and amenities throughout the City via our stellar Greenway Trails. This goal will be met through the future construction of a multi-use trail connection, planned for completion in fall 2022.
The connection will begin at Clay Avenue, continue east through Phelps Grove Park and end at Brookside Drive. The new 1,600 linear foot path will include a bike repair station, ADA ramps, and will connect to shared bike lanes on Brookside Drive via a new pedestrian bridge.
The trail project began construction in October 2022 and is anticipated to take approximately four months to complete. When all is complete, this section of trail will stretch from the Museum to Phelps Grove Park to Parkview High School and Fassnight Park and will ultimately connect with the future Grant Avenue Parkway BUILD grant project. For more information about the Grant Avenue Parkway project, visit the following weblink: https://grantavenueparkway.com/
The Fassnight Creek Greenway Trail project is fully funded through federal Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds with the City funding a 20% match through the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax.
Western Northside Parking Improvements and Amphitheater
Status: Completed as of September 2022
Work on the grounds will also include improvements to parking, which will be relocated to the north side of the Museum property, creating better connectivity between the Museum grounds and Phelps Grove Park as well as additional greenspace for the Amphitheater. In addition to expanded parking, these improvements will include enhanced access to the Museum grounds through trails and walkways, improved lighting, attractive landscaping, and stormwater management features such as pervious pavers and other improvements that will help water quality by addressing nonpoint source pollutants.
Western Northside Parking Improvements
Parking improvements will be completed through a phased approach. Phase 1 includes construction of westside parking with most of the Museum's current parking lot remaining. This is to ensure handicap accessible parking is available for the Museum's current west entrance. The sketch below illustrates the proposed improvements.
Northside Parking Improvements
The Museum will complete all northside parking improvements with construction of the West Entry portion of the site plan. The sketch below illustrates the proposed parking improvements to be completed in conjunction with improvements to the West Side Entry.
As part of the Northside Parking Improvements, the Museum will work to implement environmentally sustainable solutions including those intended to address pollutants from parking lot run-off, referred to as "nonpoint source pollutants." This will be achieved through pervious pavers, native plantings, and other measures that will help filter pollutants before they enter the water supply. The sketch below details a cross section of the proposed parking lot improvements and the measures taken to address stormwater management.
The Northside Parking Improvements are generously funded by The Sunderland Foundation.
A significant component of the site plan will be the demolition and replacement of the Museum’s existing Education Wing. This wing was built in 1958 and includes classroom spaces, a family learning center, and administrative offices. Due to its size, its configuration, and its age, this wing is no longer functional to meet the needs of the Museum today. The new Education Wing will include a larger Family Learning Center, flexible studio art classrooms, expanded pre-function and public flex-spaces, administrative space including co-working space, and connect the Museum to greenspaces.
The artistic renderings below detail what a new façade could look like. Ample glass walls break down barriers between inside and outdoors, while highlighting the activities taking place within the Museum.
The Museum's site plan includes the addition of a new entryway on the west side of the Museum. This addition will further align the Museum’s West Entrance to the Amphitheater and Phelps Grove Park.
The artistic renderings below detail a possible new façade of the Museum's west entrance as well as the interior of the new west entry reception area. Glass walls connect the Museum visually to the outdoor Amphitheater and Phelps Grove Park beyond. The interior views illustrate the architectural through-line connection from the grounds, through the entry, toward the Courtyard at the center of the Museum floorplan.
Improvements to the Museum's Galleries include renovations to existing spaces and the construction of new gallery experiences. Further improvements include upgrades to the Museum’s mechanical systems and other technological systems. The Museum’s first-floor storage vaults, exhibition prep areas, and loading docks will be reconfigured to provide more direct access and a covered loading dock for more secure artwork shipping and receiving.
Galleries and Back of House
Need more information?
The full conceptual site plan book can be found at the following weblink: Springfield Art Museum Site Plan Book
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