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April 27, 2016

Groundbreaking May 18 for new $79M Burke Museum at UW

Images by Stephanie Bower [enlarge]

The University of Washington will hold a groundbreaking ceremony next month for the new $79 million Burke Museum.

The 113,000-square-foot, three-story structure will be located just west of the existing museum, at 4300 15th Ave. N.E.

UW President Ana Mari Cauce will speak at the ceremony, which is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. May 18 on the Burke Cafe patio. Elected officials and tribal representatives have also been invited to speak.

Olson Kundig is designing the building, and Skanska USA is the general contractor.

The natural history and culture museum will be 60 percent larger than the current building. More space will be provided for educational programs, and there will be a cafe, gift store, catering, storage, and temporary and permanent exhibits.

Larger and more flexible event spaces will allow the museum to generate more revenue to support exhibits, research and programs.

Construction begins in May and be managed by the university. The new museum is slated to open in 2019, after a year-long move-in phase.

The project will seek a LEED gold rating.

Other project team members are Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, landscape architect; Magnusson Klemencic Associates, structural engineer; WSP, mechanical engineer; and Sparling (Stantec), electrical engineer.

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