MAM’s structural foundation now complete in Miami’s Museum Park

By Allie Schwartz….
The team spearheading the development of Miami Art Museum’s new Herzog and de Meuron-designed facility in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park has completed the building’s structural foundation, marking the last major milestone before vertical construction begins. The new Miami Art Museum (MAM) is scheduled to open to the public in 2013.

News of the foundation’s completion comes as MAM continues to cultivate private sector support as part of its capital campaign. Aaron Podhurst, chair of the Miami Art Museum Board of Trustees, noted that progress at the construction site is having a direct impact on fundraising efforts.

“It’s amazing what happens when you put a shovel in the ground and construction takes flight,” Podhurst said. “Now that our foundation is complete and vertical construction of the new Miami Art Museum is right around the corner, we are seeing a significant uptick in private sector interest to go along with the county’s strong support.”

The new Miami Art Museum will comprise 200,000 square feet of programmable space, including 120,000 square feet of interior space — more than three times the size of the museum’s current facility — and 80,000 square feet of exterior space ideal for the display of works of art, educational activities, relaxation and dining.

The building will house an educational complex with a library, auditorium, classrooms and workshop space, as well as a café and museum store. It has been designed to achieve LEED Silver certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council.

“The construction of our Museum Park home is in many ways a means to an end as we work to broaden MAM’s impact in the community,” said Thomas Collins, MAM director. “Once completed and open to the public, our new building will fill many roles — a repository for our city’s greatest art, an education resource, an economic engine, a gathering place for Miami residents and visitors, and an architectural icon of our city.”

Beyond its effect on Miami’s cultural arts community, construction of the new Miami Art Museum is expected to positively influence the local economy. More than $37 million will be spent on local construction labor, and the museum is expected to draw 200,000 new visitors to Downtown Miami each year, accounting for a $12 million annual economic impact, according to a study by Miami Economics Associates.

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