Historic buildings case study: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue is over two million square feet, spans four city blocks and houses more than 1.5 million pieces of art. As the largest art museum in the United States, The Met faces unique challenges as it looks to reduce energy use while preserving its collection of timeless artifacts.

The second event in our Energy Upgrades in Historic Buildings series featured a case study of the iconic museum. Representatives from The Met were joined by architects and engineers working on various projects there, from replacing the museum’s skylights to restoring its sloping windows. Together, they shared creative ways to reduce energy use in a historic building.

Published February 2, 2022


Brett Gaillard
Head of Capital and Infrastructure Planning, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Brett is the Head of Capital & Infrastructure Planning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she oversees the planning of all capital construction and infrastructure projects and helps guide the long-term vision and design of these projects for The Met’s 2.2 million square foot main building, as well as The Met Cloisters.

Erik Bodelsen
Partner, Kohler Ronan Engineers

Mr. Bodelsen is a partner with over fifteen years of experience in mechanical design and project management. Over the past several years, he has been responsible for the design and project management of numerous Kohler Ronan projects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Michael Wetstone
Principal, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects

For more than 20 years, Michael has guided the stewardship and adaptive reuse of large-scale cultural buildings, as well as led the design of new educational and residential facilities. He is a sustainable design leader and is skilled in the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software.

David MacKay
Principal, Kohler Ronan Engineers

Mr. MacKay is a Principal and experienced energy management professional with expertise in energy auditing, building commissioning, building energy modeling, LEED consulting, energy procurement consulting, and energy reduction plan development. He has extensive technical training and several esteemed industry certifications.


Madhav Munshi
Associate, Kohler Ronan Engineers

Munshi is an experienced energy modeling expert focused on the application of building performance simulation and analysis for architectural design and systems optimization. He has a B.Arch from the University of Mumbai and a MS in Building Science from Arizona State University and holds BEMP and LEED AP BD+C certifications.