Demolition begins for Olympic museum complex near ATB Park; groundbreaking seen in springThe U.S. Olympic Museum has begun demolition of structures to make room for its new museum downtown, across the railroad tracks just east of America the Beautiful Park. The location will be the west side of Sierra Madre Street at the terminus of Vermijo Avenue.
The effort will include demolition of the vacant metal building at 234 S. Sierra Madre, removal of existing railroad spur tracks, asphalt removal, and concrete removal, according to a press release.
After that, the adjacent structure at 220 S. Sierra Madre will be demolished, the release adds.
A spring 2016 ground-breaking is anticipated.
The land was donated by Nor'wood Development Group. The area is within the city-established Southwest Urban Renewal District.
“The U.S. Olympic Museum is making great strides,” U.S. Olympic Museum Chairman Dick Celeste said in a prepared statement. “This is our first visible step in the process to create a world-class institution that will honor U.S. Olympians and Paralympians and convey the excitement of their journey to competition.”
The press release also states that the general contractor is G.E. Johnson, in conjunction with the architectural design firm of 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.
From a press release