Vibration Control During Museum Construction Projects

Arne P. Johnson, Principal

Museum expansions and renovations abound, and associated vibrations caused by heavy construction are potentially harmful to artwork and to sensitive elements of museum buildings themselves. Protection of these objects throughout a construction project calls for a reliable method of vibration control.
In this one-hour webinar, leading experts explain the effects of vibrations on humans, buildings, and artwork. Then, a scientific methodology for vibration control that has been successfully implemented during several recent museum construction projects is outlined. Feedback on how the methodology worked is provided by a conservator and collections specialist who oversaw the process. Practical examples, photographs, and data are provided.

Your presenters:

  • Arne Johnson, structural engineer with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) who has served as vibration control expert for numerous museums and published widely on this topic
  • Frank Zuccari, retired head of conservation at the Art Institute of Chicago who oversaw vibration control for the Modern Wing expansion and several other construction projects at the Art Institute
  • Mark Ryan, Assistant Director for Collections & Exhibitions at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis who is currently overseeing vibration control during a major expansion of the museum

* This webinar recording is made available for educational purposes. While we hope you will watch and learn something useful, please note that viewers aren't eligible for AIA credit.