michigan state university will break ground on the iconic eli and edythe broad art museum at 10 a.m. tuesday, march 16, at the museum site just west of the collingwood entrance on the msu campus. the ceremony will be followed by a program at 11 a.m. in the pasant theatre of the wharton center.
both events are open to the public. the broads, who have donated $28 million for the project, and zaha HADID, the award-winning architect who designed the building, are expected to attend.
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 be three levels with approximately 46,000 square feet of space with a focus on contemporary art. more than 70 percent will be gallery space, and large art works will be able to be displayed.
the public is encouraged to park in the public ramps along grand river in east lansing for the groundbreaking. limited parking may be available in the wharton center ramp during the program. staff and faculty should use their gate card at the wilson entrance while all others should enter using the shaw entrance.