Project Highlights

July 10, 2017





The Burke’s collections connect the past, present, and future. They give us a way to trace history, provide a spark for stories and ideas, and connect people to each other and to their environment. Today, they are hidden behind walls, inaccessible to the very people they are intended to serve. The collections are severely compressed in spaces that lack the environmental controls needed to properly care for fragile, invaluable objects.

The Burke is engaged in a multi-year transformation project that will culminate in a new museum facility. Designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, the new, 110,000 sq. ft. building will be 60% larger than the current building. Exhibits and learning areas will be integrated with working spaces throughout the museum, inviting everyone to uncover the depth and breadth of the museum’s collections and experience the thrill of daily discoveries generated at the Burke. State-of-the-art labs will serve more students, researchers, and artists. Larger collections storage spaces and climate control will ensure the Burke can properly care for the objects that make up our shared heritage for generations to come.

The New Burke experience will inspire people to seek, notice, discover, examine, uncover, and value the life before them. The New Burke will be the place we go to learn about our place in the world—and to participate in what our world will become.






Click here for an update pertaining to the proposed construction activity for the North Campus area.


Click below for link to New Burke Museum Webcam


For more information about this project, please visit the Burke Museum website at: 

Construction Sites and Pedestrian Detours for North Campus


Site Logistics


Design  Completion - January 2016 to April 2016

Permits - January 2016 to July 2016

Subcontractor Bidding Phase 1 - March 2016 to June 2016

Start of Phase 1 Early Works Construction - April 2016

Start of Phase 1 Structural Work - September 2016

Completion of Phase 1 - February 2018


PM - Ken Kubota,, 206-616-0360

CM - Jeffrey Johnson,, 206-391-9450