March 08, 2010

Barton Malow to Break Ground on Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

Southfield, MI – March 8, 2010 – On Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 10am a public groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Grand River Avenue and Farm Lane at the Collingwood Campus Entrance of Michigan State University for the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum.

Designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid of London, the 46,000 square foot facility has over 70% of its space dedicated for art gallery and art display. Other elements include an education wing, museum shop, visitors’ café, staff offices, and study center. Integrated Design Solutions is the architect-of-record for the facility.

Due to the building’s unique design, Barton Malow has completed a significant preconstruction effort in order to source materials and ensure constructability of the building’s components. Because its purpose is to house collections of art, one of the most sophisticated systems of this facility will be its HVAC system, which is required to maintain a relative humidity of 50% year-round.

Construction will be substantially completed in December 2011, however the museum will not open until 2012 in order to stabilize the environment and install the collections.

Barton Malow Company provides construction management, design-build, program management, general contracting, technology and rigging services throughout North America. The ISO quality certified company has LEED Accredited Professionals on staff and is an industry Building Information Modeling (BIM) leader. Niche market specialties include health care, educational, federal, industrial, energy and special event facilities. Barton Malow has a staff of over 1,200 in 13 offices and is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan. Annual firm revenues exceed $1.3 billion. For additional information, visit