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Groundbreaking of Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Michigan, USA

Construction for Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum got under way March 15.  The facility is named in honor of Eli and Edythe Broad, long-time supporters of the university who provided the lead gift for the museum. The Broads’ gift of $28 million, with $21 million designated for construction of the building and $7 million to be used for acquisitions, exhibitions and operations, was the catalyst for the world-class project.

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said “ He [Eli] and Edythe have made it something we look forward to doing — entering a vibrant space filled with visual delights to ponder and explore. This Zaha Hadid design will send the message we want — that great art deserves great architecture.”

The three-level, 46,000–square-foot building, to be located at the corner of Grand River Avenue and the Farm Lane campus entrance, will feature a unique design constructed of steel and concrete with a pleated stainless steel and glass exterior. The museum will be adjoined by an expansive outdoor sculpture garden as an extension of the east entrance courtyard and by a large pedestrian plaza at the west entrance.

“Our design for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum captures the imagination, presenting endless possibilities for exhibitions in state-of-the-art galleries and continuing Michigan State University’s reputation for excellence and innovation,” said Zaha Hadid.

Zaha Hadid Architects, was selected as the winner of an international design competition for the museum in January 2008.  Project teams worked with university representatives as well as local architectural and construction firms to complete the design and building plans.

The groundbreaking will be followed by 20 months of construction, leading to a dedication and opening in the spring of 2012.

Once completed, the museum will have more than 70 percent gallery space and room for large art works to be displayed. The primary focus of the museum will be contemporary art.

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