COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- After a rigorous and collaborative design process, today the United States Olympic Museum unveiled preliminary conceptual architecture and exhibit renderings for the museum, scheduled for groundbreaking in spring 2016 and opening prior to the Olympic Winter Games in 2018.
In addition, museum officials have finalized a land gift agreement with Nor'wood Development Group, which donated 1.7 acres to ensure the museum's success. With the land agreement in place, museum organizers continue their $80 million fundraising campaign, of which $42 million has been raised to date.
"The United States Olympic Museum will become one of the nation's must-see destinations, where visitors celebrate the achievements of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes and experience the effort and excitement of their journey," said Richard Celeste, Museum Board President. "At this moment in our highly collaborative building and exhibit design process, we are proud to share an early look at the distinctive beauty of the museum and its state-of-the-art experiential exhibits."
The 60,000-square-foot building will embody the forward-looking values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and feature 20,000 square feet of exhibit space, a state-of-the-art theater, gift shop, café and broadcast studio.
"Inspired by the movement of athletes, the United States Olympic Museum spirals up and outwards from a central atrium, drawing the public in at its base and propelling them up through the galleries. Expressed in two parts of one body in counterpoise, the building frames a new downtown public plaza below the view of Pike's Peak, and extends a new axis to the America the Beautiful Park West," explained Elizabeth Diller, Partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Design Architect for the Museum. Initial building renderings can be viewed here.
Experiential exhibitions will be designed using interactive, cutting-edge technologies. Initial exhibits include:
- Journey to Excellence: Be inspired by U.S. Olympians' and Paralympians' personal stories of work, commitment and sacrifice to become the very best, while celebrating the families and coaches behind their success.
- Science & Technology Lab: Learn how cutting-edge sports science enables elite athletes to safely push their own limits in the pursuit of excellence.
- Athlete Training: Challenge yourself with hands-on training for athletic competition.
- Parade of Nations: Experience an athlete's most-memorable moment of the Games as you enter the stadium, feel the thrill and hear roar of the crowd.
- At the Games: Relish the athletes' record-setting performances on your own interactive journey as you witness the evolution of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame: Relive your memories of Team USA's very best athletes and coaches.
The United States Olympic Museum is working with world-class architects and designers to produce an iconic building in the Southwest Urban Renewal District of Downtown Colorado Springs. The team includes highly respected architectural design firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro of New York; architect of record Anderson Mason Dale Architects of Denver; exhibit designer Gallagher and Associates of Washington, D.C.; exhibit fabricator Pacific Studio of Seattle; and national museum consultant Barrie Projects of Cleveland. GE Johnson of Colorado Springs will serve as general contractor.
The United States Olympic Museum will be the only comprehensive Olympic and Paralympic museum in the United States. An iconic complex to be built in the Southwest Urban Renewal District of Downtown Colorado Springs. The experiential museum and hall of fame will be a world-class destination containing the artifacts, media, technology and the myriad of stories behind the dedicated American athletes who follow their dreams, while showcasing the historical power and national pride surrounding the Olympic Games. usolympicmuseum.org
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