The Stedelijk Museum Schiedam has undergone a major renovation. The main problem was that the installations were not functioning properly, which meant that the stringent performance requirements that apply to a museum climate could not be achieved. Moreover, the structural condition of the building was poor and there was overdue maintenance. The building also performed poorly in terms of sustainability. Stevens Van Dijck was responsible for project management and executive management in this project.
The Stedelijk Museum Schiedam presents itself as a museum for modern and contemporary Dutch visual art. The large collection of artworks from the Cobra movement is an example of this. Founded in 1899, the museum has been located in the former Sint Jacobs Gasthuis, at 112-114 Hoogstraat in Schiedam, since 1940. The St. Jacobs Gasthuis is a national monument (1787).
The museum has two major collections, a Modern and Contemporary Dutch Visual Art Collection and a Cultural History Collection. The permanent fine art collection consists of about 250 paintings by Karel Appel, Eugène Brands, Constant, Corneille, Jan Nieuwenhuys, Anton Rooskens and Theo Wolvecamp. All of them have been members of Cobra.
Essentially, the renovation included maintenance and restoration of the interior and exterior, replacement of the mechanical systems and part of the electrical systems. By insulating the outer shell and making heat and cold generation more sustainable, a significant leap in sustainability has been achieved.