Project Description


Baltimore, Maryland


The BMA’s ten-building complex, built during a span of 65 years from 1929 to 1994, now encompasses more than 210,000 square feet. The BMA has recently completed a three-year phased capital renovation coinciding with the Museum’s 100th anniversary. Synthesis provided Owner’s Representative services for all phases of the $25 million project. The Museum remained open to visitors throughout the construction period.

The renovation resulted in significant improvements for visitors, including the enhancements of galleries housing three major art collections— Contemporary, American and African, improvements to the East Lobby and upgrades to visitor amenities.

Much needed improvements in essential infrastructure, including two new roofs and a state-of-the-art building automation system, will improve care of the 90,000 works of art in the BMA’s world-class collection. Renovations to behind-the-scenes work areas will support the Museum’s service to the community and improvements to staff offices. The retail store has also been upgraded.

Phase I – Marshall Craft Associates
Phase II – Ziger/Snead

Phase I – Lewis Contractors
Phase II – Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.

Total Cost

Complex Funding
Historic Structures
Public-Private Partnership
Occupied Buildings
Phased Construction
Significant Site Constraints

“Because of the complexity, size and high profile of this project, we needed a sophisticated Owner’s Representative.
I would hire Synthesis again without any hesitation.

I have never worked with a firm that gave such a huge personal commitment to a job. They are always there when you need them. They absolutely understand and commit to a project’s goals, budget constraints and deadlines and know how to meet them.

Also important is their ability to help all parties reach consensus on difficult decisions calmly so that no one is exhausted at the end of the process.”

Alan Dirican, former Deputy Director, Operations & Capital Planning, Baltimore Museum of Art