Schedule + Plan
North Wing Library Building
In early 2016 we installed scaffolding on our North Wing for renovation and preservation work on this historic 1926 Pack Memorial Library building. The building’s beautiful historic windows have undergone complete restoration and the white Georgia marble façade has been cleaned and the masonry repaired and repointed. Interior walls on the top floor have been removed and the windows uncovered, preparing that space to become the new education studio and classrooms. Read about the North Wing / Historic Pack Memorial Library restoration and renovation.
Demolition of Core and East Wing
In early 2017, the Museum began complete demolition of its “core” and interior demolition of its East Wing spaces, with a construction crane and fencing positioned in front of 2 S. Pack Square. Pedestrian access along Biltmore Avenue remains uninterrupted via a covered pedestrian walkway. The demolition phase was completed in July 2017.
Fall 2017 – Summer 2018
Renovations in the East Wing are ongoing, including installation of duct work and sprinkler pipes to prepare for the entirely new HVAC and fire safety systems. This is an essential component of the construction because the East Wing will house major special exhibition galleries, as well as collections storage and the curatorial office suite and research area.
The new face of the Asheville Art Museum is being constructed during the summer of 2018, with the installation of the stunning glass façade now complete and the metal perforated architectural feature scheduled to be completed by late summer. The prominent window on the Museum’s facade (we refer to it as the “oculus”) has been constructed, and we are overhearing lots of great conversations about it from visitors to Pack Square.
Construction of the entire facility is on schedule for completion in the fall of 2018. Once complete, the Museum staff will begin the complex process of moving back in — installing more than 4,500 works of art into the vaults and galleries, as well as furniture and equipment into administrative offices, a board room, an art library and education studios.
The grand re-opening of the NEW Asheville Art Museum!