A public tender for the first phase of the construction of the Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel was published in the three leading Hebrew papers in Israel. We expect to announce the winning bid and the selection of the construction company by March, 2009.
This is the first major step in the construction of this education, research and illumination complex in the heart of Jerusalem. We are getting ready to begin the work on our dramatic building designed by architect Moshe Safdie, once a construction company is selected and hired.
We are also happy to report that Design Development (detailed design) has been 90% completed by Moshe Safdie and his architects, and a team of 32 consultants/designers including: structural engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, safety, elevators, handicapped access, air tunnel for canopy structure, library consultants, laboratories consultants, housing facility consultants, landscaping, traffic, kitchen consultants, and others.
We are grateful, excited and encouraged by the strong support we have received from our friends and supporters, who recognize that when completed, the National Campus will serve as the pre-eminent venue for the research, study, conservation, restoration, housing, curation, publication, education, and illumination of the archaeological material excavated in Israel.
It will be used by the Israel Antiquities Authority to educate the public about the importance of the archaeological work, by drawing researchers, students, archaeologists, and the general public to visit the visible Conservation and Restoration Laboratories, the National Archaeological Library and Archives, the National Treasures, the World Center for the Dead Sea Scrolls, the galleries, roof-top gardens, the National Collections, the Archaeology Theatre and study centers, and more.
The National Campus will become a Jerusalem landmark providing unparalleled access and safe housing to the most breathtaking and fundamental cornerstones of our Jewish heritage in the Land of Israel.
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