New Plan Unveiled for American Indian Museum

A new plan to fund the completion of the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum in Oklahoma City was recently unveiled.

American Indian Cultural Center & Museum site

State legislators have unveiled a new to fund the completion of the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum in Oklahoma City.According to the Times Record, a bill will be introduced for approval during the last weeks of the legislative session, under which the state would put forward $25 million through a bond issue to complete the dormant project.

Construction  commenced in 2006, but stopped in 2012 after builders ran out of funds. Roughly $91 million has already been spent on the 173,000-square-foot project, according to the  San Francisco Chronicle. If the bill passes, 143 acres surrounding the museum site would be transferred to Oklahoma City for economic development, and the city would also operate the museum.

Also in the works is a separate bond issue to finance development of the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa. Both proposals are currently awaiting action by the full House and Senate by May 29th.

The American Indian Cultural Center & Museum is designed by Johnson Fain Architects together with Hornbeek, Blatt Architects. Centennial Builders, a joint venture of Oklahoma-based companies Flintco and Manhattan Construction Co., serves as construction manager on the project.

Image courtesy of Kimberly Rodriguez via the San Francisco Chronicle