The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia, PA

Interior Renovations:
Construction and Exhibit Cost: $20 Million
Architect: Ewing Cole
Builder: C. Erickson & Sons

Karabots Pavilion:
Construction and Exhibit Cost: $40 Million
Architect: Saylor Gregg Architects
Builder: Skanska

  • Ned Kahn's public art on the side of the Franklin Institute, consists of individual pieces of metal that move independently of each other and creates waves and movement in the

    Ned Kahn's Shimmer Wall consists of 10,824 individual 5-inch-square aluminum panels covering 3,000 sq. ft. along the exterior of the three-story expansion, the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion.

A complete makeover for Philadelphia’s nationally renowned science museum.

For the past fourteen years, Becker & Frondorf has worked with The Franklin Institute to renovate and expand one of the most-visited tourist attractions in Philadelphia.

Since 1998, we have managed nine separate phases of interior renovations totaling approximately $125 million resulting in the complete modernization of the 300,000 square foot building. The program included a comprehensive update of each exhibit and upgrades to the building infrastructure.

In 2014, The Franklin Institute opened the Karabots Pavilion, a new $40 million, 56,000 square foot facility.  The LEED Silver addition houses a new 10,000 square foot feature exhibit on the human brain, a 10,000 square foot temporary exhibit gallery, and an education and conference center.