Kimbell Museum Expansion on Schedule for 2013 Opening

Floor plan taking shape below ground

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    The Kimbell Art Museum's expansion remains on schedule as the underground floor plan takes shape. (Published Monday, Nov 7, 2011)

    The newest addition to Fort Worth's Cultural District continues to take shape as the Kimbell Art Museum's second building has made significant progress in the last few months.

    While most construction projects aren't all that pretty, for the Kimbell's expansion it is a chaotic work of art in itself. From concrete forms, rebar and two to three cranes operating each day, it is a site of hustle and bustle.

    "It's just amazing to watch all of these workers out here, it's almost like a symphony with all of these coordinated parts," said Kimbell director Eric Lee. "It's really remarkable how these buildings get built."

    In the last eight months there have been a lot of changes. The tunnel that will connect the two buildings for staff, the underground parking garage and floor plan are continuing to take shape. And in the last few weeks you can start to see a few feet of rebar above street level. It may not be much of a visible foot print, but it's something.

    "What you see out there now will all be covered up by the lawn and the building, but it's a very exciting moment," Lee said.

    It will still be another year before things above ground really take shape and that means things are on schedule, two years until the grand opening in fall 2013.

    Until things are done, everyone along Camp Bowie and working in the Cultural District will have to keep watching the work of art take shape.

    "Everyone is very excited about the building and seeing the walls actually emerge, it's very exciting," Lee said.

    The Kimbell addition will cost $125 million once completed.