Shen Milsom & Wilke provided acoustics, audiovisual, and security consulting expertise for the new Tennessee State Museum, an inspirational and distinctive state-of-the-art cultural facility that brightens the Bicentennial Mall, making it a true destination in Nashville.
The facility improves the visitor experience and engages the public in the history and significance of the State of Tennessee through collections, exhibitions, programs, and events. Collections are displayed in flexible exhibit spaces and offer opportunities for learning through programming, lectures, symposia, and interactive learning spaces. There is also an educational focus, with classroom space for the more than 55,000 schoolchildren who visit each year, as well as a digital learning center with an auditorium that will be used for events and programs for all ages.
The building consists of two floors of gallery and other programmed spaces along with outdoor sculpture gardens, a water feature promenade, and an event lawn space that serves the outdoor functions of the museum. Additionally, the museum shares a 150-space parking lot that also serves the adjoining Farmers Market.
SM&W lent our expertise to ensure that interactive spaces have appropriate sound separation from other exhibits, classrooms, and meeting spaces. We also designed wayfinding and display systems to convey visitor information and audiovisual presentation systems for use in conference rooms and classrooms in the digital learning center.
Awards & Related Press:
- 2021 Merit Award, AIA Middle Tennessee
- High-Performance Building Requirements (HPBr)
- 2020 Excellence in Development, ULI Nashville
- 2020 ASHRAE Technology Award Winner, First Place
- 2020 IALD Award of Excellence