GE Johnson remains on schedule and plans to turn over a complete building to USOPM leadership by early 2020. The team’s current focus is the HD theater space, finalizing the installation of the aluminum exterior skin, and completing the cafe expansion.The architectural blueprints for this expansion are now complete and the USOPM team is excited about the enhanced ability to host larger private events, education programming workshops, and culinary expos in this expanded space.
With the goal to be the most accessible museum in the world, the USOPM is working diligently with exhibit fabrication partner, CREO Industrial Arts, and interactive media partners, Kiss the Frog and CentreScreen, to construct a space that offers a world-class experience regardless of physical ability or cognitive impairment. To that end, USOPM leadership and CREO Industrial Arts hosted local Olympic and Paralympic athletes and community members to test some of the exhibit technology and provide feedback at a mock up event in March 2019. The team looks forward to utilizing their input!
In early June 2018, the Board of Directors and many other key partners officially broke ground on the United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame. This ceremony formally began the construction phase of the project that honors the power, perseverance and pride of our United States Olympic and Paralympic athletes. This exciting venue will become a world-class, iconic museum in the heart of Colorado Springs that anchors our community as Olympic City USA.
In April 2017 three local banks partnered to purchase bonds issued by the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority, secured by a state-approved tax increment arrangement. $26.2 million was immediately available to support the construction phase of the Museum project. To date, the Museum has raised over $82 million in commitments:
With strong sources of funding, the Museum will become a premier cultural destination, welcoming people near and far, and of all ages and backgrounds to come together in the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum will be a timeless institution that reflects Team USA pride and helps visitors experience the thrill of the Games. As future generations of champions realize their dreams, the museum will grow and evolve alongside them, providing an ever-fresh experience with each visit.
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