Pro Football Hall of Fame Master Plan and Expansion2121 George Halas Dr NW
Canton, OH 44708
Design Achievement - Founded in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame hosts 200,000 visitors a year as well as the annual Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremonies and Festival on the campus and in adjacent Fawcett Stadium. Visitors come from around the United States to visit the one facility dedicated to the preservation of the history of professional football. In anticipation of its 50th anniversary, the Hall of Fame sought to upgrade the facility in support of its recently completed strategic plan. DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky’s fully implemented master plan expands the museum and improves the physical plant, resulting in an enhanced visitor experience and allowing the Hall of Fame to expand its collections and improve venues based on operations, admissions, and retail. Serving as a gateway to a new orientation theater and renovated exhibition space, a new two-story atrium lobby entrance is situated at the center of the complex, combining the entry and exit experience, in order to improve wayfinding for visitors while also minimizing infiltration of outside air and helping to control temperature and humidity. A new Research and Preservation Center enables the proper storage of artifacts and archive material and enhances educational outreach efforts of the institution.
Scope Summary – The project scope encompassed a comprehensive master plan and phased renovation and expansion, bringing the building from 83,000 SF to 124,000 SF. The project involved museum, branding, and operational planning in addition to a facility assessment and improvement recommendations. Phase 1 of the implemented project included the design and construction of several additions comprising a 10,800 SF Research and Preservation Center, a 4,200 SF Event Center, and the main entrance / lobby. A new state-of-the-art environmental control system installed throughout the facility ensures the long-term preservation of the Hall of Fame’s priceless collection. The exhibition galleries located in the Hall of Fame’s iconic 1963 two-story rotunda and adjacent exhibit gallery were renovated and retrofitted with building vapor barriers to help assure proper temperature and humidity controls throughout the exhibition galleries. New indoor and outdoor event spaces, an expanded retail store, new office space and enhancements to parking and the surrounding campus completed the project. DLR Group|WRL provided master planning; museum planning; architecture; MEP and structural engineering; and audiovisual, lighting, acoustic and information transport design services for the project.
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