Kirtley-Cole Associates has begun construction on the new Nordic Heritage Museum.
The new 57,000 square foot, 3-story museum will include temporary and permanent exhibits and galleries, auditorium, café, museum store, classrooms, craft room, kitchen, administration offices, museum workrooms, and museum storage. Early on in the construction phase, crews will install multiple large exhibit pieces such as several large boats, as these pieces could not otherwise be placed in the building after it is closed in. Extra precautions will then be taken to preserve and protect these pieces throughout the remainder of construction.
Located on a nearly 2-acre site in the heart of Ballard, the structural steel building includes high-quality finishes and lighting, as well as a vertically-striated zinc skin wrapping the building exterior. More than 330 auger-cast piles will be driven to depths of up to 60’ below grade to support the structure, which will be the new home for the museum and cultural center that celebrates the five Nordic cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
The project is targeting LEED silver certification. Construction completion is expected in November 2017; the new museum will open to the public in Spring 2018. Total project value is $46.9 million.