The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk is moving forward with a major expansion and renovation. Its board has approved plans for the project and plans to solicit construction bids this spring. Construction, expected to cost about $24 million, will begin in July, with completion scheduled for early 2014.
The expansion is part of a $45 million capital campaign that has been in a quiet phase for two years. To date, the museum has raised $41 million. The campaign has three primary components: the new Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, the building expansion and renovation and endowing the museum to ensure financial stability in the future.
The expansion project will add an additional 8,000 square feet of new gallery space in two new wings that will flank the museum’s entrance. It also will relocate and modernize the museum’s café and catering facilities.
A major component of the project will upgrade antiquated heating and air conditioning systems. Green initiatives are expected to increase efficiency and reduce the museum’s energy costs, which currently run $60,000 per month.
The expansion follows the addition of the new 7,000-square-foot Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, located adjacent to the museum. Since its opening in November,
visitation has increased 39 percent.
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