Ground-breaking for the proposed National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington DC, US, will take place on 14 October, it has been revealed.
The 55,000ft² museum will be built across the street from the existing National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Judiciary Square.
Designed by US-based Davis Buckley Architects, the structure will be an experiential museum with interactive exhibitions.
The museum will house law enforcement artifacts, and have dedicated spaces for research and education, and an exhibit gallery sponsored by DuPont.
The exhibit designs are being led by the Boston-based firm Christopher Chadbourne & Associates while Clark Construction will serve as the project’s general contractor.
The $80m project received approval ten years ago and is being funded by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Financial support has also come from America’s law enforcement, corporate and philanthropic communities, which have raised $40m to date.
The District of Columbia Government authorised $80m in industrial revenue bonds and provided a 20-year sales tax credit for the museum worth up to $10m.
The new museum is scheduled to open in 2013.