Date Chosen to Break Ground on Eli Broad’s New Museum in Michigan


With all the talk in California about where it will be and who will he pick to design it, we’d nearly forgotten all about Eli Broad‘s other new museum, the one at Michigan State University, designed by Zaha Hadid. MSU is Broad’s alma mater and he and his wife have thus far given close to $30 million to see the museum built and have enough money available for operations and to start up its collection. Likely to finish a lot sooner than whatever winds up happening in his own backyard, a date has been chosen when ground will finally be broken and construction will begin:

The university will break ground on the museum on March 16, 2010. Eli Broad, who donated the naming gift for the project, and Zaha Hadid, the internationally known architect who designed the building, are expected to attend.

The groundbreaking will be followed by 23 months of construction and a 2012 museum opening.