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Benton County Historical Society to Negotiate with Gerding Builders, LLC for Corvallis Museum Project

02 Oct 2015 2:07 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

Philomath, Or.—The Board of Trustees of the Benton County Historical Society unanimously agreed to negotiate a contract with Gerding Builders, LLC of Corvallis, Oregon to construct the Society’s planned museum in downtown Corvallis.


The Facilities Committee of the Board made the recommendation at the Trustees’ regular meeting on Thursday, August 20, 2105. Committee members held interviews ten days earlier with three construction firms to determine the best fit for the Society’s project.


For the past four years, the Historical Society has been raising money to build a museum in downtown Corvallis. The $9 million museum project is designed by internationally-known museum architect, Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture of Portland Oregon and New York. 


With over half the funds raised from over 300 donors, the Society is moving ahead with the design process by choosing a contractor to work closely with museum architects. The Society hopes to break ground in early 2017 and open in early 2018.


Upon notification of their selection, a representative of Gerding Builders remarked, “Gerding is absolutely thrilled to be coming along side of the Benton County Historical Society for this great community project. We believe wholeheartedly in the growth and strength of our community, and feel strongly that the Museum will be a local landmark for generations to come. As a local contractor, we are committed to stimulating the local economy and respect the BCHS's decision to keep the project local. It is our utmost desire to be good neighbors during the construction project and will be working closely with area businesses and residents to accommodate their needs and concerns.”

The Society’s new museum project is the result of its acquiring the Horner Collection from Oregon State University. The need for more exhibition space became apparent when it was determined that the combined collections of the Society numbered over 100,000 objects, photographs, manuscripts and archives. The collections are stored in a purpose-built storage facility on the Society’s Philomath campus, but its Philomath College building does not have the capacity for more public display space.


For more information about how to contribute to the Corvallis museum project please visit our website or call Irene Zenev, Executive Director.


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