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THE EAST BUILDING

Milestones

2013

June 28–29
June 28-29: The East Building opens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration.

Press Release: Museum Opens New East Building Designed by Sir David Chipperfield
Summer
The Museum announces chef and names its new restaurant - Panorama

Press Release: Saint Louis Art Museum Names Chef for East Building Restaurant
Spring

2012

Fall
Commission by sculptor Andy Goldsworthy is announced September 18.

Press Release: Saint Louis Art Museum announces Sculpture Commission
Summer
The project reaches a milestone—Substantial Completion—as the contractor officially turns over the building to the Museum. Landscaping begins but is interrupted due to extreme conditions of heat and drought.
Late Spring
As exterior construction nears completion, East Building gallery finishing touches are completed. In the Main Building, 18 reimagined galleries have opened. The St. Louis community anticipates a mid-2013 grand opening of the new Museum Campus.

Press Release: Saint Louis Art Museum Presents "A New View"
Spring
The two Buildings, Main and East, are tied together; and the new Information Desk arrives and is installed in Sculpture Hall. Work begins to rebuild the South Terrace, and the new Service Dock and Staff Entrance near completion.

Concrete panels are tilted up and placed on the exterior of the East Building. Flooring materials begin to be installed throughout new and renovated areas. In the South Building, work continues on the new Education Center, and extensive Auditorium renovations begin.
January 20
On the second anniversary of groundbreaking, it is announced that the Campaign for the Saint Louis Art Museum has successfully raised over $147 million.

Press Release: Saint Louis Art Museum Announces Campaign Success

2011

Construction progresses rapidly over the course of 2011, with highly visible work performed; the year begins with a steel skeleton and ends with a fleshed-out structure.

Press Release: Saint Louis Art Museum Announces Updated Expansion Details
December 30
The East Building is officially sealed to the elements.
Fall
The exterior panels are poured, set, and polished; the new restaurant kitchen is laid out; mechanical systems are brought on line; and new boilers provide heat for the entire Museum Campus. In early November, the renovated Museum Shop opens.
Summer–Fall
Curators and preparators work to install reimagined galleries.

Press Release: Saint Louis Art Museum Presents "A New View"
Summer
Workers construct beds in which to create the East Building’s polished exterior concrete panels. Inside, the new Grand Stair is set in place.
Spring
Electricity is connected. Concrete coffers for the East Building ceiling are poured on-site.
Early Spring
Vertical elements of the East Building rise, and its fundamental structure takes shape.
Early Spring
One year after groundbreaking, new foundations are complete, and work above ground begins.

Press Release: Saint Louis Art Museum Marks One Year on Expansion

2010

Throughout the year, major excavation and construction takes place on the Museum Campus.
October
Work begins on the new Grand Stair, and by winter, the new below-grade Parking Garage is well underway.
Summer
The Museum selects TAO + Lee Associates as architect for the Museum’s South Building Education Center.

Press Release: Local Architect to Design Education Center
Spring
Tower cranes arrive and excavation progresses.
January 19
The Museum officially breaks ground

Press Release: Saint Louis Art Museum Celebrates Groundbreaking with Weekend Events

2009

Museum awards construction contract to Tarlton/Pepper/KAI and celebrates a century of free admission.

Press Release: Saint Louis Art Museum Announces Expansion Contract

2008

Museum Board delays expansion project start date in response to unstable economy.

Press Release: Saint Louis Art Museum Announces Expansion Delay

2007

The design for the expansion is unveiled in a series of five Community Conversations. $100 million raised to support the expansion.

Press Release: Saint Louis Art Museum Announces Expansion Design

2005-06

London-based Sir David Chipperfield is appointed architect for the Museum’s expansion project; Michel Desvigne is appointed landscape architect.

2004

The Museum’s Board of Commissioners appoints an Architectural Selection Advisory Committee.
Opened June 29, 2013