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Reframing Houston fine arts to $450M heartbeatReframing Houston fine arts to $450M heartbeathttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=20052015-01-13T14:11:00Z2015-01-13T00:00:00Z

HOUSTON - The Museum of Fine Arts has released a $450 million redevelopment plan that will create a pedestrian-friendly cultural hub with a lively landscape, two distinctive new buildings, ample underground parking and smooth circulation patterns for vehicles and people.

The plan, named the Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, is designed by Steven Holl Architects. It has garnered hefty donations, with lead gifts of $70 million by Sarofim; $50 million by board chairman Richard Kinder and his wife, Nancy; and $10 million each from eight other donors.

The most prominent new structure will be the three-story 164,000-sf Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, on what's now the museum's parking lot. The building will also have a new theater, a fine restaurant and a cafe.

There will be a new 80,000-sf Glassell School of Art, also three stories at its highest point.

A block farther east, the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Conservation Center will rise two stories above the existing parking garage to create a 20,000-sf topper to house studios and art labs as well as a cafe at street level, adjacent to the museum's Metrorail stop.

There will be 190,000 sf of parking underground. Museum director Gary Tinterow, Kinder and Holl all say flooding should not be an issue, and the underground areas will have pumps.

Construction will begin summer 2014 with the Glassell. The whole project won't be complete until 2019.

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