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May. 21, 2013

Cleveland Institute of Art to Start Work on Phase II of $63.5M Expansion

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

An eight-year expansion and renovation project in Cleveland is heading into the final stretch. Next month, the Cleveland Institute of Art will break ground on the second phase of its $63.5 million project in University Circle, according to The Plain Dealer. Construction is scheduled for completion by September 2015.

The Cleveland newspaper reported that college trustees voted to go ahead with the $33.5 million second phase of the project last Tuesday. A few days later, on Thursday, the Euclid Corridor Design Review Committee  approved the Phase II design. The project went before the city planning commission on Friday.

Work on Phase II is scheduled to start on June 26. The college signed a a construction loan agreement with KeyBank and will solicit bids from general contractors in the near future.

Project construction started in 2009. At a cost of $30 million, Phase I included the renovation of the Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts, a former Ford assembly plant designed by the legendary industrial architect Albert Kahn in 1916 and located at 11610 Euclid Ave.

Phase II calls for a 79,000-square-foot addition to the McCullough Center. The addition will be named the George Gund Building. George Gund II (1888-1966) was a famous Cleveland banker and philanthropist and one of the art institute’s longtime supporters, serving for 24 years as chairman of its board. The project will also deliver a new, yet-to-be-named art gallery and a 300-seat auditorium, the new home of the Cinematheque. Nationally noted firm Stantec is the project’s architect.

The art institute has operated a two-part campus split between its Gund Building at 11141 East Blvd. and the McCullough Center since 1981. The expansion project will help consolidate all classes in a single location.

Phot credits: Cleveland Institute of Art

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