Our Renovation/Construction Update Blog
On the same day the construction fences went up, the internal discussions on how to decorate the fences with great works of art finally wrapped up. We expect the decorations to be in place before demolition gets intense. Click to enlarge. Photo by Ed Pollard.
When this entrance reopens, wheelchair access will be improved and new climate control features will make Huber Court less drafty in the wintertime. Photo by Ed Pollard.
Instead of a traditional ground-breaking ceremony, we used tiny shovel-spoons to cut a cake shaped like our Museum. The event was both a project kickoff and a way to honor our outgoing Board Chairman, Macon Brock. Photos by Echard Wheeler.
June 28, 2012
Cutting the Cake and Saying Thanks
This project started with a toast—and lots of thank yous.
The occasion was the last Board of Trustees meeting to be chaired by Macon Brock, and as soon as business was wrapped up, trustees joined Chrysler employees for an event in Mr. Brock's honor.
Many, many people have stepped up to graciously to make this $24 million project a reality, but it's no slight to any of those others to note the incredibly positive impact Mr. Brock, and his wife Joan, have had on this Museum in general, and in this expansion project in particular.
Our building renovation and expansion is the third part of a three-part drive that's been directed by this Board of Trustees for a couple years. We wanted to finance, equip and open a glass studio, and we did. We needed to beef up our endowment to protect against potential financial shocks, and we did. Now it's a $24 million renovation project, and all but a fraction of that money is now in hand.
A well-deserved toast, indeed.