(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The team spearheading the development of Miami Art Museum’s new Herzog & 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 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, chairman 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. 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,” said Mr. Podhurst.
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 MAM Director Thomas Collins. “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.
Miami Art Museum
Miami Art Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami, FL, is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim—the Americas, Europe and Africa—from which the vast majority of Miami residents hail. Miami Art Museum’s educational programming currently reaches more than 30,000 people every year, with the largest art education program outside the Miami-Dade County public school system. The new Miami Art Museum at Museum Park, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is scheduled to open to the public in 2013. The new facility will provide room to showcase growing collections, expanded exhibition space to bring more world-class exhibitions to Miami-Dade County, and an educational complex, which will be a resource for the entire community. For more information about Miami Art Museum, visit miamiartmuseum.org or call 305.375.3000.
Miami Art Museum is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts; with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners. Miami Art Museum is an accessible facility. For sign language interpretation or assistive listening devices please call Miami Art Museum’s education department 305.375.4073 at least five days in advance. Materials in accessible format may be requested.