Cracked Windows Delay Opening Of Michigan State U Art Museum

Friday, April 20, 2012

Michigan State University's $42.5 million Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, originally scheduled to open Saturday before glass problems intervened, is still set for a fall inauguration. But no specific date has yet been set.

"There are a few things that demonstrably need to be in place before we pick a firm date," says museum director Michael Rush. "I'm fully confident it will be in the fall, but as to a firm date, we don't have one yet. It could be September or October."

Celebrity architect Zaha Hadid's 47,000-square-foot hyper-modern building — it looks a bit like a sleek space ship that's crash-landed — is mostly finished, and has established a dramatic, hulking presence at Grand River Avenue and Farm Lane on the north edge of the MSU campus.

But some of the enormous glass windows imported from Europe, no two of which are alike, arrived at customs cracked. "So that's what put us behind," says Rush. Once it was clear the building couldn't be finished by the end of the spring term, the opening was pushed off till fall to guarantee maximum student involvement.

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