Construction begins on Schottenstein National Campus

imageConstruction work on the 200,000 sq. foot Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel began on Sunday, July 26th. The construction company, the Bardarian Brothers, Ltd., was chosen in June after a bidding process which included nine companies. The first stage of construction, including fencing, site excavation, earth and boulder removal and construction of foundations, is expected to last between 15 – 18 months.

Design Development (detailed design) has been 95% completed by Architects Moshe Safdie, Irit Kochavi (Jerusalem office), Sarah Lindenfeld (Boston office), 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.

E.D. Rahat Engineering Coordination and Management Ltd. is the company advising the IAA and supervising and managing all aspects of the construction of the National Campus.

imageThe National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel is a monumental cultural heritage undertaking, the first of its kind in Israel. Our dramatic building will serve as the national center for the research, study, conservation, restoration, housing, curation, publication, education, and illumination of the archaeological material excavated in Israel. It will be a spectacular asset and a unique magnet and beacon for anyone interested in Archaeological, Jewish and Israel studies, and will forever change the level and quality of archaeological research and education in Israel.

The National Campus will house and make available to the public more than 1.5 million archaeological objects, the largest center in the world for the Dead Sea Scrolls, with a collection of more than15,000 scrolls and scrolls fragments, viewable archaeological conservation centers, special exhibition galleries, the National Library for the Archaeology of Israel, galleries, an auditorium, open public courtyards and roof top archaeological displays, and the headquarters of the IAA. It is being built on Museum Hill in Jerusalem, adjacent to the Israel Museum and the Bible Lands Museum, and overlooking the Hebrew University.

imageWe are grateful, excited and encouraged by the strong support we have received from our friends and supporters, who recognize that when completed, this education, research and illumination complex will become a Jerusalem landmark, and a must-see stop for school children, archaeologists and researchers from all over the world, visitors to Israel and the Israeli public.

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