For the USHMM, collections are evidence. In 2012 a thorough feasibility study was developed to decant the Mall campus of non-public functions: collections, research, conservation, exhibit production and support offices. The program was test fit onto site prototypes (urban, reuse, new suburban) since the Museum could not anticipate when funding for the facility would be available. In 2018, the Mandel Center opened, using only 10% of the available contingency funds - proof that a thorough planning effort pays off.
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This stands as an example of successful planning, wherein anticipating scenarios and identifying risks allowed us to calculate all possible cost implications.
“This was an incredibly complex project, with a highly diverse functional program. Fortunately our design process was informed by a solid feasibility study prepared by Walt’s team.”