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Capital Planning & Development

New Burke Museum

Project news

Phase 2, the collection move and exhibit construction phase of the project continues to progress as planned.  As a reminder there are three phases to the project: Phase 1 construction of new Burke Museum (concluded March 2017); Phase 2 collection move and exhibit construction, forecast to conclude Spring 2019; and Phase 3 final site work, demolition of existing Burke Museum, and occupancy of new Burke Museum forecast for Fall 2019.  Cost saving measures continue to be explored concurrent with the active fundraising campaign intended to ensure the original Phase 3 scope can be constructed. The  project Executive Committee is scheduled to meet later in the month of September to decide on final scope and budget alignment.

Project overview

The existing Burke Museum, constructed in 1962, is a two-story brick building with 68,916 gross square feet (GSF) of space. This project will provide a new building to address the limitations and shortcomings of the existing building, which does not meet contemporary standards for museum environments, collections storage, or public-use facilities. 

The New Burke Museum is expected to result in a new architecturally noteworthy facility that reflects the museum's core institutional values of sustainability, excellence, respect, stewardship, creativity, and community engagement; making the collections and research accessible and engaging; integrating a cross-disciplinary approach to achieving the museum's vision; and facilitating meaningful visitor engagement with exhibitions, on-site programs, public amenities, and outreach services. 

Accessibility will be integrated into the new facility to provide current ADA compliance. The project also addresses issues of long-term flexibility in the design of galleries and public spaces, and implements sustainable design practices to achieve a facility that functions efficiently and be maintained with limited resources. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum is the desired certification goal. The proposed building site, which is west of the existing Museum, is within a development site identified in the UW Master Plan, as encompassing the current site of the museum and adjacent spaces on all sides. The planned building size is 110,000 GSF.


  • Planning:  July 2009 - April 2010
  • Design:  August 2012 - June 2016
  • Construction:  June 2016 - July 2019
  • Completion:


Approximate Total Cost:  $79,700,000 


Troy Stahlecker 
Assistant Director, Major Capital Projects