Construction update – LACMA surpasses $750 million goal

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California Construction News staff writer

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced last week that the Building LACMA campaign has passed its fundraising goal of $750 million.

The campaign will fund construction of the David Geffen Galleries, the museum’s new home for its diverse, global, and historic collections, which is now more than 65 per cent complete and spans Wilshire Boulevard.

According to a construction update Aug. 25, the following work is scheduled for this week:

  • Formwork, rebar installation, and concrete pours for roof-level horizontal decks continue on the west side of the construction site, north of Wilshire Boulevard.
  • Formwork and rebar installation for exhibition-level horizontal decks continue on the east side of the construction site, north of Wilshire Boulevard.
  • Formwork, rebar installation, and concrete pours for exhibition-level walls continue on the east side of the construction site, north of Wilshire Boulevard.
  • Formwork installation for roof-level horizontal decks continues on the east side of the construction site, north of Wilshire Boulevard.
  • Formwork, rebar installation, and concrete pours for exhibition-level horizontal decks continue on the Spaulding Lot, south of Wilshire Boulevard.

The David Geffen Galleries, which will be owned by the County of Los Angeles, is funded 80 per cent by private donations and 20% by the County, representing a landmark collaboration.

The new building will be 347,500 sq. ft. and will replace about 393,000 sq. ft. of existing buildings. The project also includes:

  • 3.5 acres of new public outdoor space (2.5 acres in Hancock Park and 1 acre on the Spaulding lot).
  • 260 existing parking spaces on the Spaulding lot will be relocated to a new parking structure on Ogden Drive.
  • Seamless integration of the new building with the existing park and remaining LACMA buildings.
  • Replacement of inefficient, deteriorating buildings with new, environmentally sustainable structures, embracing state-of-the-art resource management and technology resulting in achieving LEED Gold certification.
  • West Campus facilities (BCAM, Resnick Pavilion, and Pritzker Parking Garage) and the Pavilion for Japanese Art will remain.

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