Santaniello to Discuss Museum’s Design

March 10th, 2011

Andrew Santaniello, AIA, will discuss the design of the Sullivan Museum and History Center at Norwich University on Thursday, March 10 in conjunction with a new exhibit on the university’s architecture program titled “Building & Beyond.”

In the first class of architecture graduates of the school in 1995, Santaniello was Project Manager for the Centerbrook team, led by Partner Jeff Riley, FAIA, that designed the museum at his alma mater. His talk is at noon at the museum, which opened in 2007 and is located in Northfield, Vermont. Other early NU architecture graduates will also be discussing and displaying images of their work.

The 16,000-square-foot Sullivan Museum ( houses a growing collection of artifacts that offer dramatic testimony to the impressive history and heritage of the institution, the first private military university in America. The museum's distinctive entry pavilion serves as an iconic landmark that, when lit at night, is visible across campus. In addition to serving the university community, the museum, which showcases the significant contributions of the “citizen soldier,” aspires to be a regional destination.

The museum’s sustainable design incorporates recycled copper panels, local granite, the re-use of existing stone ventilation towers, low wattage display lighting, natural light in the entry pavilion, fly-ash concrete, rain water management, structural insulated panels (SIPS), energy efficient mechanical systems, and indigenous plant material.