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Science Museum of Virginia builds $12 million addition

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Posted at 9:28 AM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 09:28:22-04

RICHMOND, Va. — The first addition to the Science Museum of Virginia’s campus in three decades is beginning to go vertical.

A construction crane loomed over the former Broad Street Station train depot last week as crews continued work on the steel frame of the future Dewey Gottwald Center, a community event and exhibition facility.

The 21,000-square-foot structure, on the Leigh Street side of the museum building, will serve as a location for the museum’s large-scale traveling exhibitions during the summer months and as a venue for community events the rest of the year.

“From September until April each year, we will host a number of special events for the community – both large and small – with the goal of continuing to expand our role as a community gathering space,” said Terri Rose, the museum’s communications director.

Construction started this spring and is slated to last a year, with the center scheduled to open in spring 2017.

The $12 million project was funded in part by a $4 million donation from the Herndon Foundation in honor of Floyd D. Gottwald Sr., the late patriarch of the Gottwald family and former chairman of Ethyl Corp., now NewMarket.

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