2010  |  Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art | Winston-Salem, NC

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art is a 35,000 square foot museum featuring traveling exhibits of contemporary art, sculpture, crafts, and mixed media works. The center is located on the former Hanes Estate and is housed in the property’s original 1929 mansion. Two additions to the building were constructed in 1982 and 1992. Szostak Design is currently providing design services for the master planning and renovation of SECCA and its surrounding public park, including new roofing and exterior cladding, replacement of the HVAC system, and interior renovations.

The initial phase of the project’s construction was completed in October 2008 and included a redesign of SECCA’s main exhibit gallery and the renovation of the museum’s gift shop. Current phases of construction focus on replacement of the facility’s roof and HVAC system, intended to greatly improve the thermal performance and energy efficiency of the museum.

Future phases of the museum’s redevelopment will address deficiencies in SECCA’s park context including improvements to the site’s storm water management practices, ADA access, and drought-tolerant landscaping. An existing on-site earthen dam which has been deemed structurally deficient will be reconstructed.

Ultimately a new building entry, ADA accessible rest rooms, and a restaurant will be added to the facility, each designed to meet or exceed a LEED Silver equivalent standard. The design of these public spaces will include significant community participation, which will be facilitated by Szostak Design. All improvements to the building have been carefully coordinated with museum staff, allowing exhibit openings to continue to attract patrons without interruption.

Photography by Jim Sink Photography