Perot family hands off Notice to Proceed to Balfour Beatty
Major construction gets under way on the Perot Museum of Nature & Science as Perot family hands off "notice to proceed" to Balfour Beatty. It was a small ceremony involving a simple document, but it had big implications.
Donning hard hats and neon-colored construction vests, Margot Perot and her three daughters handed off the "notice to proceed" document to Balfour Beatty construction manager Bobby Little, which authorized the construction firm to begin major construction. Within minutes of the hand-off, a massive bulldozer began digging into and upturning the pavement. During the weeks following the April 26, 2010 ceremony, the safety fence will be completed and the "big dig" - outlining the footprint of the 180,000 square foot facility - will get under way.
"For those of us who've dreamed of a new museum and worked on it for years, even decades, this moment is pretty magical," said Nicole Small, president & CEO of the Museum of Nature & Science. "It's really happening, and we're so thrilled that Mrs. Perot, Nancy, Suzanne and Carolyn are part of this special day."
The Victory Park facility will be named in honor of Margot and H. Ross Perot. In May 2008, the Perot children announced a $50-million gift to the Museum of Nature & Science expansion campaign in honor of their parents.
Joining Mrs. Perot were her daughters Nancy Perot Mulford, Suzanne McGee and Carolyn Rathjen along with longtime Museum backer Lyda Hill and Forrest Hoglund, chairman of the Museum's expansion campaign.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, the new museum is being constructed on a 4.7-acre site at the northwest corner of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Field Street in Victory Park just north of downtown Dallas. The 180,000-square-foot structure will include five floors of public space housing 10 exhibition galleries, including a children's museum and outdoor playspace/courtyard.