GSG Architecture has been working with the Nicolaysen Art Museum since 1989 when we helped transform a large but disused structure in Central Casper into a one of a kind gallery, exhibition space and art center for the community. This 24,500 square foot museum project consists of two additions to the historically significant power generation plant, originally constructed in 1924.
Most recently we were asked to design a community gathering place and shelter on the grounds of the Nicolaysen Museum which was to be a permanent facility to host the many community functions sponsored by the museum such as farmer’s markets, outdoor movie night, concerts and of course ‘Nic Fest’, a large annual summer arts event. The sculptural awning reaches up to 16-feet at the highest point above a circular plaza providing shade from the sun for outdoor gatherings and is the perfect stage or bandstand for events and festivals. The Plaza design and construction was funded by a generous contribution from Rocky Mountain Power to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the company’s incorporation in Wyoming.
Owner: Nicolaysen Art Museum (original construction)
Sq. Ft.: 24,500 Addition and Remodel; Plaza, N/A
Cost: $ 2.2M (original construction); Plaza (Donations from Rocky Mountain Power)
Completion Date: 1989 (original construction); Plaza 2011