In addition to adding to Buffalo’s remarkable architectural legacy, the museum aspires to improve its campus by:
- building an underground parking structure and transforming the surface parking lot into a vibrant green landscape and gathering place, a green plaza
- opening a route through the museum from Elmwood Avenue to Olmsted’s Delaware Park, adding a new point of entry and exit on the east façade of the museum’s 1962 Building
- covering the 1962 Building’s open-air Sculpture Garden to create a new space for year-round civic engagement, open free of charge to the community during museum and program hours
- creating a new education wing in the lower level of the 1962 Building
- constructing a signature scenic bridge that connects the new building with the 1905 Building
More refined plans for the expansion will emerge over the next several months during the design development phase of the project as budget and cost estimates come into alignment. Design development will continue into early 2019. Construction is likely to begin in autumn 2019, with the grand opening of the new Buffalo AKG Art Museum expected in fall 2021.