Project Timeline

Construction of the New AAM is well under way! Crews from local and regional con­struc­tion com­pa­nies are mobi­lized on our new site and are work­ing to com­plete the project on sched­ule and on bud­get for a grand open­ing in sum­mer 2014.

Don’t for­get to come by to take a look when you’re in the neigh­bor­hood. The project site is fully vis­i­ble via peep­holes cut in the walk­ways along South Spring Street and East Hyman Avenue. From June 2012–13, the cov­ered pedes­trian walk­ways fea­tured artist Kay Rosen’s site-specific project Construction Zone. Beginning June 27, 2013, a spe­cially com­mis­sioned mural by artist Dave Muller will be on view.


December 2005
First gift to build the New Aspen Art Museum received.

June 2007
Architect Selection Committee appointed and selec­tion process commenced.

Fall 2007
Shigeru Ban unan­i­mously selected by the Architect Selection Committee to design the New Aspen Art Museum.

2008/Early 2009
Preliminary con­cep­tual design and plan­ning of the new building.

Summer/Fall 2009
Potential down­town prop­er­ties identified.

August 2010
Aspen City Council approval of the New Aspen Art Museum project.

January 2011
Reached $20,000,000 endow­ment goal.

Winter 2011
Removal of exist­ing struc­tures on the new museum site.

August 2011
Property pur­chased.

August 16, 2011
Groundbreaking on Aspen’s Day (8.16.11).

Fall 2011
Schematic design completed.

October 2012
Construction com­menced.

Winter 2012/Spring 2013
Excavation and foun­da­tion work completed.

Summer 2013
Concrete struc­ture completed.

Fall 2013
Roofing and exte­rior wall sys­tems com­menced.
Interior par­ti­tions and top­ping slabs commenced.

Winter 2013
Commenced MEP (mechan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal, plumb­ing) rough-in.

Winter 2013/Spring 2014
Roofing and exte­rior wall sys­tems completed.

Summer 2014
Interior fin­ishes com­pleted.
Exterior hard­scape (paved areas) com­pleted.
The New Aspen Art Museum opens to the public.