WDG Architects is proud to be selected by New Mexico State University for many projects, but the firm’s recent completion of the Zuhl Museum is exciting for both WDG and NMSU. The project was designed by WDG’s budding designer, Michael Bluth, who proved his ability to not only successfully manage the project but build the trust of the Client, NMSU, and the museum’s benefactor Herb Zuhl. Michael is also completing his accredited Master’s degree in Architecture (M.Arch) at Lawrence Tech through an virtually-based program with the Detroit school.
Mr. Zuhl’s collection of geological artifacts is astounding and had outgrown the existing collection exhibit space adjacent to the Alumni Visitor Center on campus. Michael worked with curator, Tiffany Santos, to develop the project program and plan arrangement. A key component was to incorporate a new entrance for the museum, which previously was accessed through the Alumni Visitors Center entrance resulting in some confusion for museum visitors. Besides added space for specimen exhibits, the addition also includes new restrooms, a curator’s office, more storage, and a classroom called “Kids Corner”. The Kids Corner was sponsored by a generous donation by Wells Fargo Bank.
NMSU celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of the Zuhl Museum on October 26, 2017 (http://krwg.org/post/zuhl-museum-nmsu-holds-grand-re-opening-thursday). Many people attended, including members of the Zuhl family, NMSU Regents, NMSU Chancellor Garry Curruthers, representatives of Wells Fargo Bank, and many students, faculty and the public. During the ribbon cutting, an exhuberant Herb Zuhl was the first to cut through the ribbon. After the ceremony, NMSU Provost Dan Howard, presented a piece of the ribbon to WDG’s Michael Bluth.