LONGMONT, Colo. — After more than six years of planning, fundraising and collaborating with local city and community partners, construction has begun on a brand new wing of the Longmont Museum. Kicked-off with a major gift by Longmont residents Lila and Bill Stewart, the project was made possible by the generous time and financial contributions of more than 250 Longmont-area residents, various local businesses, the City of Longmont and Kaiser Permanente Colorado. These deeply rooted community partners teamed up to complete the museum’s capital campaign and raised more than $4.5 million.
“In recent years, our attendance has seen substantial growth and many of our programs are attracting more visitors from outside of Longmont,” said Wes Jessup, director of the Longmont Museum. “Thanks to various local supporters, including our main benefactor Lila Stewart, this new expansion will accommodate growth, address many of the artistic and educational needs of the community, and help us continue to be a great resource to not only Longmont residents but all Coloradans.”
The expansion consists of a 250-seat auditorium designed for concerts, lectures, symposiums and other gatherings. The new building will also include an elegant event space known as the Swan Atrium, which features a 96-foot-long, two-story-tall glass wall. The new space will also include the Kaiser Permanente Education Center, where Longmont youth will have the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art classroom with access to award-winning exhibitions and innovative instructors. The multi-purpose education space will be available for children’s art classes, exhibit workshops and summer camps.
“The Longmont Museum is a great place for students, families and residents to visit and learn about the rich culture and history of their city,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, Kaiser Permanente vice president of Government and External Relations. “Kaiser Permanente has been part of the Longmont community for many years and we are thrilled to help fulfill an important need for new classroom space and facilities for school groups visiting the museum. This new wing of the museum will be enjoyed for generations to come.”
Kaiser Permanente Colorado has served members in its Longmont Medical Offices at 2345 Bent Way since 1992. Currently, more than 40,000 Kaiser Permanente Colorado members live in Longmont and Boulder County.
Construction is now under way on the 11,000-square-foot expansion project, with completion expected in summer 2015. The new expansion space is designed for a variety of performances and educational programs, including films, small musical ensembles, lectures and dance programs. Confirmed program partners for the 2015 inaugural year include the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Bach Festival and the Longmont Council for the Arts. The museum will remain open during construction.
To learn more about the Longmont Museum expansion, please visit Longmontmuseum.org.
About Longmont Museum
The Longmont Museum is located at 400 Quail Road in Longmont, Colorado. Museum hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission to the Museum’s special exhibits is $5 for adults, $3 for students/seniors (62+) and free for children 3 and under. Admission is free to special exhibits on the second Saturday of the month. For more information, contact the Museum at 303-651-8374, or visit www.longmontmuseum.org.
About Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, proudly working to improve the lives and health of Colorado residents for 45 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to more than 615,000 members through 28 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. The health plan was named “Highest in Member Satisfaction” among Commercial Health Plans by J.D. Power and Associates for the seventh straight year. Kaiser Permanente was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the top- ranked commercial health plan in Colorado and the fourth ranked Medicare plan in the nation. Kaiser Permanente was also recently recognized as a 2012 Hypertension Champion by Million Hearts™. In 2013, Kaiser Permanente proudly directed more than $96 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/share or follow us on Twitter @kpcolorado or facebook.com/kpcolorado.