Yogie Berra Museum
L.to R. Art Berke, Chief Operating Officer, Betty Lou O'Dell, Business Manager, Yogi Berra, Carmen Berra, Joni Bronander, Events Director, David Kaplan, Director of Museum, Kevin Carroll, Trustee. Photo by Joseph Tattoni,AIA

ikon.5 architects, designers of the expansion and renovation to the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, Little Falls, NJ, joined the museum's new trustees and staff for a groundbreaking ceremony on October 5, 2009 to begin construction of the main entry gallery and renovation that will be completed in 2010.

Joseph Tattoni,AIA, Arvind Tikku,AIA and Charles Maira, AIA, LEED AP, principals of ikon.5 architects, have designed a four-phase addition and renovation project that will expand the exhibition space, renovate the theatre and staff offices and provide new exhibits to tell the story of the mission of the museum and learning center: to preserve and promote the values of respect, sportsmanship, social justice and excellence through inclusive, culturally diverse, sports-based educational programs and exhibits.

Some of the important artifacts are 13 world championship rings accumulated by Yogi Berra as player and manager; home plate from the original Yankee Stadium, and the catcher's mitt from 1956 World Series perfect game.

The new glass entry gallery designed by ikon.5 architects is a flexible exhibit space that can be used to display themed exhibits, traveling exhibits, as well a space for hosting receptions and presentations. The theater will be renovated to allow for convenient broadcasting by ESPN, YES, and other network stations.

Joseph Tattoni, principal of ikon.5 architects and designer said "The renovation of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center will make the facility more visible to the public and provide much needed space to conduct the learning center's programs. It is a glass vitrine displaying the people, programs, and artifacts of the Learning Center."

"Our expansion and renovation is a tribute to Yogi Berra's lifelong commitment to the education of young people," said Art Berke, Chief Operating Officer of the Museum & Learning Center. "We needed a special vision to realize our dream and ikon.5 has proven to be the ideal partner."

During all construction phases, the Yogi Berra Museum will remain open to the public. For more information on the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, please visit www.yogiberramuseum.org

ikon.5 architects are known for their award-winning designs for museums, higher education, libraries, performing arts, and corporate offices. Based in Princeton, NJ, ikon.5's practice extends to Louisiana, Arizona, Delaware, and New York.


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