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Elevate Denver Bond Program Reaches Milestone as Denver Art Museum North Building Project Tops Out

men holding a beam with signatures on it at the DAM site

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the leadership team of the Denver Art Museum today placed the final beam in the museum’s new North Building welcome center, marking a major milestone for one of Elevate Denver Bond Program’s cultural projects.

The structural steel is now completely erected for the new welcome center. The new elevator core structure is topped out, with finishes and equipment installation starting soon. The perimeter wall framing is complete on levels 2 through 7 of the historic North Building, and the exterior windows are in progress. The perimeter walls feature energy-efficient insulation, a vapor barrier, full sheet plywood, and drywall. The new perimeter wall system will provide lower energy use, help manage humidity and temperatures, and provide ample backing for art installation. See more about the project on the museum’s website.

“Our arts and cultural institutions are important civic infrastructure, their value is immeasurable, and they reflect the values of the residents and communities that make up our great city,” Mayor Hancock said. “The people of Denver made it clear when they overwhelmingly said yes to the Elevate Denver bonds – they want to continue to contribute to the artistic and cultural landscape of Denver, and the Denver Art Museum has done an exemplary job with this new welcome center in delivering on the promise we made to our residents.”

The new welcome center, which will be named the Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center upon completion, will unify the Denver Art Museum campus, providing family activity space, event space and dining options along with ticketing and other visitor services. The North Building will be named the Martin Building when the museum campus reopens.


“The topping out of our welcome center today is a tremendous milestone for the North Building project, which will expand the museum’s ability to serve the community, welcome guests to our city, and preserve and present priceless works of art from cultures around the world and throughout history for generations to come,” said Christoph Heinrich, Director of the Denver Art Museum.

The Denver Art Museum’s full campus is expected to reopen at the end of 2021. Once complete, the museum will have expanded gallery spaces and greater capacity to serve the community – especially youth through its Free for Kids program – as well as new views of downtown Denver and the mountains to the west from two new outdoor viewing spaces on the 7th floor.

Elevate Denver cultural facility projects incorporate public and private partnerships, meaning the city is maximizing taxpayer dollars by working with private enterprises that are also contributing significant funding to deliver the planned improvements. The Denver Art Museum North Building project received $35.5 million in Elevate Denver funding. The remaining  project funding is from private donations, including $25 million from Lanny and Sharon Martin and $12 million from Anna and John J. Sie. The museum’s private funding for the project will match public dollars at a rate of 3 to 1.