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Concord Museum Celebrates “Topping Off” of New Education Center

February 5, 2018

Concord Museum officials, donors, and members of the Concord community will gather on Friday, February 2, 2018, for a “Topping Off” ceremony to celebrate the more than halfway completion of the Museum’s 12,900 foot new Education Center. The milestone also marks the completion of the building framework. The Education Center will officially open to the public this summer, and a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for September 2018.

The event kicks off at 9:00am with some brief remarks, and then Churchill Franklin, President of the Board of Governors, will ceremonially “top off” the Education Center with a tree – a talisman for good luck and prosperity. Next, “hard hat” tours will be given on the construction site, and, to commemorate the occasion, attendees will be invited to sign a beam that will be lifted into place.

The Education Center will transform the Museum’s capacity to meet growing demand for school and public programs. Peggy Burke, Executive Director, stated, “Education is the core of the Museum’s mission. We currently serve 13,000 kids every year – more than double the number of six years ago — including 3,000 from Lowell, Lawrence, and Everett through our donor-supported Paul Revere’s Ride Fund. We are meeting our strategic goal to serve as a leader in history education for all kids, no matter their background.”

Kristen Herbert, who serves on the Museum’s Board of Governors and is Director of Teaching and Learning for the Concord Public Schools, added, “On behalf of the Concord Public Schools, we are thrilled to have this community treasure – the Concord Museum – building for the future and expanding and deepening its partnerships not just with Concord Public Schools but with many other communities.”

The exterior of the education building will blend modern design with New England vernacular architecture to create a stunning and purpose-built Education Center with a courtyard, orchard, and stone walls. The inside of the building will contain a History Learning Center for learning directly with historical objects; three classrooms; an expanded state-of-the-art collections storage area for the Museum’s artifacts; staff offices; and the Lyceum, a large meeting hall that will host Museum programs as well as meetings with other community groups.

Churchill Franklin announced that the Museum is also close to another milestone. “Our capital and endowment campaign goal is $13 million, and right now we are at  $12.6 million – thanks to the generosity of so many. This is an extraordinary achievement in just 2 ½ years. Through our community campaign Calling All Patriots, many people have made gifts of $1,775 or more. If you have not yet joined us, we hope you will to help us literally raise the roof and get us over the top.”

The Building Committee of the Board of Governors, chaired by Vice President John Ferrell and assisted by Owner’s Representative Kyle Barnard, has been working with designLAB architects; landscape architect G2 Collaborative; Hutter Construction Corporation and its contractors; and the Town of Concord. Next steps in the construction process will be the roof completion, internal mechanical work, and the creation of an entrance link to the Museum.

Fun Construction Facts

  • 41 tons of structural steel was used in the building structure.
  • 368 cubic yards of concrete weighing approximately 745 tons will be used in the project.
  • There is 400 linear feet of new stone walls on the site, weighing approximately 907 tons.
  • 96 tons of stone veneer will be used on the building façade.
  • There will be 1,360 square feet of exterior glazing on the new addition.
  • There will be 3,768 square feet of sidewalk on the site.
  • 23, 230 square feet of new asphalt paving on the site.

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