Old meets new in KANEKO's expansion

Posted at 12:28 PM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 13:29:00-04

KANEKO held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday to celebrate a multi-million dollar facelift for the front entrance of its art space.

After 15 years of planning, the center is finally set to re-design, renovate and expand its current site, says Chris Hochstetler, executive director of Kaneko.

The nonprofit organization, named after world renown artist Jun Kaneko, will add 5,000 square feet of space.

The entrance, also known as the Atrium, will blend modern design with the building’s rich history based on renderings.

"What the Atrium will really do for us is it will expand our space for programming. Not only more space but more opportunity for programming at KANEKO,” says Hochstetler . “We do a lot for children in the community. We've got summer camps –  summer camps in architecture, robotics and video game design."

The $3.6 million add-on will run alongside Jones Street between 11th and 12th Streets.

Hochstetler says he expects the project to be completed by November 1.