The J. Paul Getty Museum

Brentwood, California

General Contractor: Hathaway Dinwiddie
Contract Value: $26.5M
Year Completed: 1998
Scope: Plumbing, Fuel Oil, Piping
Services: Design Engineering, Fab
Delivery: Design-Assist, GMP
LEED® Silver Certification


The J. Paul Getty Center is one of the major cultural institutions in the country, if not the world. Designed by architect Richard Meier, the Getty Center is comprised of seven interconnected buildings: a Museum, Conservation Institute, Research Center for the History of Arts and Humanities, Art History Information Program, Trust Offices, Food Service facility, library, and an 800-seat auditorium. In addition to the hilltop Center, two subterranean parking structures are connected to the Center by a .9-mile tram. The Getty Center houses an ambitious program of activities and defines “Art in Architecture.”


Murray Company’s scope of work included a complete fuel oil system including two 15,000 gallon underground tanks and their distribution piping, which serves the emergency generators as well as the heating hot water boilers. There are also seven water features on the project which vary in shapes, sizes and complexity.  The laboratory systems consist of medical grade air, compressed air, nitrogen gas, deionized water, CO2 and acid waste. The materials ranged from polypropylene to stainless steel, depending on the vicinity of the systems.