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LeMay – Americas Car Museum



A Special Feature of DJC.COM
May 31, 2012

The LeMay museum as it looked last fall, around the time the first cars were wheeled in. It opens to the public on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of LeMay – America’s Car Museum

LeMay – America’s Car Museum

The museum will showcase historically significant cars, trucks and motorcycles from the private collection of Harold and Nancy LeMay and elsewhere. The four-story building can house up to 500 cars. Highlights include 15 galleries, a theater, cafe, banquet hall, gift store, meeting rooms, car storage and an educational center and library. Outside is a 3.5-acre grass show field.

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Project team

Owner: LeMay – America’s Car Museum

Architect: Grant Price Architects

General contractor: JTM Construction

Structural/civil engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Mechanical contractor: PSF Mechanical

Electrical contractor: Holmes Electric

Wood roof: Western Wood Structures

Metal roof: Architectural Metal Works,
Interstate Roofing Co.

Concrete: SAK & Associates

Landscaping: Blue Sky Landscape Services

Photo by David Imanaka

Museum facts

Location: East 27th and
East D streets, Tacoma

Cost: $60 million

Size: 165,000 square feet

Opening: June 2

Photos by David Imanaka

By the numbers

35 million: Pounds of concrete used to make the building

14,200: Total man hours to build

2 million: Approximate pounds of steel reinforcing used during construction

150: Workers per day (at peak) on the construction site

79,000: Total square footage of museum’s walls and roof

2,980: Sheets of 1 1/8th-inch plywood used to build the roof

1.9 million: Pounds of rebar used for the museum

24.4: Miles of steel studs used

175: Average number of vehicles that will be displayed each day

300: Number of cars that will fit on the 3.5-acre grass show field

391,590 square feet (9 acres): Area of the entire museum campus

$14: Adult admission

Special section team

Section editor: Jon Silver

Section design: Jeffrey Miller

Web design: Lisa Lannigan

Advertising: Matt Brown


Holmes Electric (wwww.holmes.com)

JTM Cosntruction (jtm-construction.com)

Western Wood Structures (www.westernwoodstructures.com)

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