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New Burke

One year ago today, on May 18, 2016, we held our groundbreaking ceremony to officially kickoff construction of the New Burke Museum.

At the Burke, we have a lot of big dreams—from discovering a T. rex to inspiring the next generation of paleontologists, weavers, conservationists and scientists.

Model of a traditional Coast Salish longhouse

The roofline of the New Burke was inspired by the traditional structures of the Coast Salish people, the first people of Puget Sound.

The New Burke celebrated the completion of the building's steel frame with the traditional "Topping Out" ceremony in early February 2017.

This month's time-lapse video shows quite the wide range of weather crews have experienced—from sunny days to snow.

The steel beams were delivered on site and crews got right to work assembling the building’s steel structure.

New Burke construction crews are making steady progress despite the dreary fall weather and the walls of the lower level are nearly complete.

Concrete mixer trucks have been cycling through the site, pouring more than 1,900,000 pounds of concrete to-date.

Crews recently installed a viewing platform to provide a place for curious people of all ages to stop and watch the construction progress.

The tower crane that will lift all building materials for the New Burke was recently installed!

Nearly 18,000 cubic yards of soil, asphalt and other material have been moved at the New Burke site.

Beginning this week, vehicles will haul away dirt from the New Burke construction site at night to avoid daytime traffic impacts.

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