The Speed Art Museum will reopen to the public for the first time next Saturday, March 12. The opening will run for 30 straight hours beginning with the official ribbon cutting at 10:00 am with nonstop events until Sunday at 4:00pm.
Here are some interesting facts about the Speed Museum and its renovation.
- The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum
- There are 400 glass panels on the new building.
- Fritted glass exterior panels – glass panels have a unique “rain” pattern and contains silver metallic pieces that reflect light and help protect the artwork inside the building.
- There are approximately 0 to 30,000 pieces of metallic frit in each piece of glass depending on the panel.
- Floating Glass Stair Risers in the North Building are back lit and have a heating element that keeps out condensation.
- There are 4,183 cubic yards of concrete used in the expansion.
- There are 542 tons of steel used in the building.
- Approximately 50 trees were selected for the Art Park in 2014 from River Farm Nursery.
Unified Technologies worked with The Speed Museum to move their Mitel phone system to a temporary location in NuLu during the renovations. As sections of the New Museum were completed, Unified employed VoIP technology to return staff to the renovated areas of the museum in phases maintaining connectivity to the system in Nulu.
Information on the Speed’s March 12, 2016 reopening and the 30-hour event schedule can be found at the Speed Museums website.