Although ground was broken this past March on “the other” Eli and Edythe Broad museum (the one in Michigan, not the higher-profile, just-started one in Los Angeles), it looks as though the project might have hit its first hurdle. While the Lansing State Journal reports that Michigan State University is having a major growth spurt fueled by millions in donations, the student paper, the State News reports specifically on the Broad Art Museum, saying that school officials are having a tough time raising the last $6 million needed for the Zaha Hadid-designed project. While the school doesn’t seem overly concerned, believing that once the building starts to take more of its final shape, the donations will come pouring in, that hasn’t stopped them from fanning out their donors to find other like them to help pitch in:
During the summer, officials met with about 10 to 15 alumni couples at a national and statewide level to raise funds, [Director of Principle Gifts, Mark Terman] said. He expects fundraising to intensify and continue until the museum’s opening once people witness “tangible” results on the northeast edge of MSU’s campus, he said.
“We have two years of construction here, (and) we have done sufficient planning with the cash flow,” Terman said. “Project payments are offsetting the construction costs.”