US Institute Breaks Ground for New Building

11 April 2011 (Last Updated April 11th, 2011 18:30)

The Edward M Kennedy Institute for the US Senate has broken ground on a $98m new building in Boston, Massachusetts, US. The institute building will include a replica of the Senate Chamber where Edward Kennedy served for 47 years. The building has been designed by architect R

The Edward M Kennedy Institute for the US Senate has broken ground on a $98m new building in Boston, Massachusetts, US.

The institute building will include a replica of the Senate Chamber where Edward Kennedy served for 47 years.

The building has been designed by architect Rafael Viñoly.

The institute will contain lobby space, museum space, a representation of the senate chambers, three classrooms, an archives library and research area, archival storage, office space, conference facilities and a gift shop.

Construction of the building is scheduled for completion in two and half years.

The project will be financed by $60m raised by planners in private donations and pledges and $38m in federal funds.