MSU trustees give authorization to proceed with art museum construction

Contact: Lisa Mulcrone, University Relations, Cell: (517) 285-1047, Office: (517) 432-0922, Lisa.Mulcrone@ur.msu.edu; Linda Stanford, Academic Services, Office: (517) 355-5767, stanford@msu.edu

Dec 11, 2009

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Authorization to proceed with the construction of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum has been approved by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees at its Dec. 11 meeting.

The university will break ground on the museum on March 16, 2010. Eli Broad, who donated the naming gift for the project, and Zaha Hadid, the internationally known architect who designed the building, are expected to attend.

The groundbreaking will be followed by 23 months of construction and a 2012 museum opening.

In June 2007, philanthropist and MSU alumnus Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, donated $18.5 million toward the construction of the museum. They gave an additional $7.5 million to commission a signature sculpture and to provide funding for acquisitions, operations and endowment for a total gift of $26 million, the largest gift ever made to the university.

Hadid, a prize-winning architect from London, was selected as the winner of an international design competition for the Broad Art Museum in January 2008. Teams from Hadid’s firm worked with university representatives as well as local architectural and construction firms to complete the design and building plans.

For more information about the Broad Museum, visit www.broadmuseum.msu.edu.