Museum of Chinese in America

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to reclaiming, preserving, and interpreting the history and culture of Chinese and their descendants in the Western Hemisphere.  The Museum promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational, and cultural programs.

In 2009, MOCA moved to their new home at 215 Centre Street. Designed by Maya Lin in collaboration with Bialosky + Partners Architects, the museum occupies two floors of a turn-of-the-century loft building.  The 14,000 square-foot, renovated space includes exhibition galleries, interactive displays, a multi-purpose auditorium and classroom, research center, and a flexible space for public programs.

Beckelman+Capalino was Project Manager for MOCA’s capital project.  Initial funding for the project came from the September 11th Fund, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and private funders.  We helped MOCA secure significant, additional funding from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and through bridge financing loans from Seedco.  Throughout the project, we administered all of the regulatory requirements to ensure that MOCA was in compliance with the agencies that provided funding and loans.