Brandywine Museum of Art: Ida Flood Remediation & Museum Improvements

Brandywine Museum of Art: Ida Flood Remediation & Museum Improvements


Size: 13,000 SF (12,000 SF existing, 1,000 SF new chiller building)

Location: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

Architect: Tevebaugh Architects

Builder: Wohlsen Construction Co.

During Hurricane Ida in September 2021, Brandywine Museum of Art experienced significant flood damage when floodwaters engulfed the museum’s lowest level which contained a lecture room, classroom, offices, mechanical and electrical systems, and more. Due to the damage, the museum was forced to close for three months. Aegis managed flood restoration work, including temporary restoration of mechanical and electrical systems, design and construction of a new chiller building, relocation of electrical systems, temporary ADA access relocated from the Ground Floor, and reconfiguring of egress paths for the museum building.


The most important factor of this project was the speed that was needed to complete the work and to allow the museum to fully re-open.  All work was designed, received approvals, and constructed in under nine months. Temporary electrical and mechanical systems were procured to maintain the museum environmental requirements, new mechanical equipment and electrical equipment that could be delivered within schedule with significant supply-chain and procurement issues were found, and working within an operating museum were all significant hurdles to be overcome.


The Ida Flood Remediation & Museum Improvements Project won the 2022 Construction Excellence Award from the Delaware Contractors Association.


Aegis continues work on multiple other projects at the Museum.