Seattle Art Museum will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Volunteer Park for the renovation and expansion of Seattle Asian Art Museum.
The ceremony will be on the SAAM terrace at 1400 East Prospect St. and will include remarks by Kimerly Rorschach, SAM director and CEO, and others.
SAM said the $54 million project will preserve the museum’s historic Art Deco building, address critical infrastructure issues, improve ADA accessibility, add program and exhibition space, and improve connections to Volunteer Park.
The expansion will add 13,885 square feet of interior space, but increase SAAM’s footprint by only 3,290 square feet, SAM said.
LMN Architects designed the project, which is targeting at least LEED silver certification. Walker Macy is the landscape architect and BNBuilders is the general contractor/construction manager.
The team also includes OAC Services (construction management), Magnusson Klemencic Associates (structural), Rushing (mechanical), Stantec (electrical), Coughlin Porter Lundeen (civil) and Fisher Marantz Stone (light design).
The 53,800-square-foot museum opened in 1933 as Seattle Art Museum, and Asian art made up the founding collection. SAM moved to its new space downtown in the early 1990s, and the Volunteer Park museum reopened in 1994, housing the Asian art collection.
The building was designed by Seattle architect Carl Gould and is listed as a city landmark. It has received modest additions over the years, including a new gallery in 1955, and a stairway and elevator in 1969. Other improvements include a new roof in 2000, interior upgrades in 2001, fire system upgrades in 2006, and roof and seismic upgrades in 2007.
Rushing is providing Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing full design engineering services as well as LEED Management & Administration for the Seattle Asian Art Museum renovation project.