Construction of the Columbus Museum of Art’s new wing and the renovation of the Ross Wing, an addition the Museum built in 1974 that housed the Museum’s lobby and temporary exhibition space are moving along and we’re excited to share our progress.
Over the coming months, we will be posting brief monthly updates outlining our progress and letting you know what to look for in the near future.
October, 2014 Construction Update
- In just a few days, we’ll hit a major construction milestone as the entire building will be enclosed, blocking out the elements before winter weather hits Columbus. We’re also now just a year out from the public opening of the new space. In the coming months we’ll share more information about the opening events.
- This wouldn’t typically be the time of year that brings to mind lush green spaces and serene garden spaces, but, constructing the infrastructure that will blossom into CMA’s new North Garden is the focus of much of the work happening right now. The walls that will enclose the garden are quickly sprouting up in what used to be part of the Museum’s visitor parking lot. Eventually those cinder blocks will be clad in granite and limestone, creating an inviting and serene space for Museum visitors. The garden will also be accessible via a staircase from the Museum’s second-floor terrace, located just off the new special events space. It will be wired to accommodate a sound system so that events can flow from the inside spaces seamlessly to the outdoors.
- If you peek at the construction as you walk from the parking lot to the current Museum entrance, you’ll also be able to see that the steel structures that will support the covered walkway into the new Museum lobby and the covered walkway between the staff offices in Beaton Hall and the Museum. Cold, wet days are much less unpleasant if you can dodge the raindrops as you enter the building.