J.E. Berkowitz LP (JEB) hosted a private event at The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia on May 19, during the American Institute of Architects Convention 2016. The event honored the design and construction teams’ collaborative work on The Barnes Foundation campus, a LEED Platinum-certified educational institution.

Designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners and opened in May 2012, the building is highlighted by a glass-and-limestone façade and houses more than 3,000 paintings and other artwork.

“With the AIA Convention being held in Philadelphia, it provided an excellent opportunity to have the design and construction teams, as well as more than 100 leading architects from around the country in the same place to celebrate this special building and appreciate Albert and Laura Barnes’ vast art collection,” said Arthur Berkowitz, president of JEB. “Through Billie and Tod’s timeless, but modern design, as well as the collaboration between Duratherm Window Corp., Kuraray, L.F. Driscoll Company, National Glass & Metal Company, PPG and J.E. Berkowitz, we can all take great pride in this building.”

“Our goal was to keep the integrity of the original experience of seeing the art at the Barnes intact while at the same time refreshing and reinventing it,” the architect added. “New technologies of glass allowed us to bring natural light to the paintings which is the way the paintings were intended to be seen. The colors became richer and many visitors thought the paintings have been cleaned. And as well, the relationship of the impressionist paintings to nature and the gardens outside, which had been lost previously because of drawn window shades, was reestablished.”