The new design proposal to the War Memorial Center building extends closer to lake Michigan is a two-story glass atrium cantilevered over the lower level, providing a new entrance adjacent to the lakeside replacing the existing entrance doors at War Memorial Center building that have become unused after the construction of the Calatrava Art Museum addition in 2001. This new design shall give the visitor entering the building from the lakefront easier excess to the new addition and the entire facility.
The new $25 million, 17,000 square feet addition designed by Milwaukee architect Jim Shields of HGA is part of the revitalization project scope of the War Memorial Complex, collection galleries, and the lakefront in that area. The Milwaukee Art Museum raised $15 million of the total budget that goes to the renovation of the new building structure, exhibition galleries, a new rooftop space, and lakefront updates to the deteriorating existing site.
During construction this fall, some of the museum collection galleries and exhibitions will be closed, but most of the major events such as, Lakefront Festival of the Art, the Art in Bloom, MAM After Dark will remain open to the public as normal.