Georgia O'Keeffe, Pinons withCedar. Oil on canvas, 30 x 26 inches. Tacoma Art Museum, promised gift of Erivan and Helga Haub. ©2012 Georgia O'Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Pinons with Cedar. Oil on canvas, 30 x 26 inches. Tacoma Art Museum, promised gift of Erivan and Helga Haub. ©2012 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Last week’s “topping off” ceremony at Tacoma Art Museum radiated goodwill: to the Haub family who are donating a world-class collection of Western art to the museum, to TAM patrons and trustees, to the citizens of T-town, and to the award-winning architects and builders who are making TAM’s new Haub wing and plaza come to life.

The building project, slated to open this fall, will have a ripple effect on the downtown economy: 63% of the construction has been awarded to local contractors. Seattle-based Sellen Construction (whose clients include the Olympic Sculpture Garden/Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Flight, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) is the lead. In pre-event remarks, Sellen Senior Project Manager Mike Morris presented a PowerPoint of fascinating factoids that included:

"Topping off" construction on TAM's new 10,000' wing.

“Topping off” construction on TAM’s new 10,000′ wing.

• The Haub Family Galleries contain 419,560 lbs. of steel equivalent to roughly 100 Sellen pickup trucks
• The project will require 4,446,900 lbs. of concrete equivalent to 49,410 bags of dry concrete from Home Depot
• Construction of the galleries will provide employment for more than 75 craftspeople
• The project will utilize 142,000 lbs. of rebar equivalent to the weight of 4,733 king salmon

Yes, king salmon! Now those are some stats we can sink our teeth into. You don’t have to be a construction nerd to realize this is really big stuff.

During the celebration TAM announced that it had exceeded its $15.5 million fundraising goal for the current phase of construction.

“But we’re never done fundraising. It’s a 24/7 endeavor,” reminded Director of Tacoma Art Museum Stephanie Stebich.

~ Lisa Kinoshita

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