On Tuesday of this week I’m had a chance to visit the construction site of the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas, Texas.Â Some 700 workers were onsite at the time, inside & outside, to bring this latest addition to the National Archives in on schedule in April 2013.Â This facility will house more than 70 million pages of paper documents, 43,000 artifacts (primarily foreign and domestic gifts to the President & First Lady) & an immense audiovisual archive including more than 4 million photographs.
Of special significance is that digital component of the library which includes some 210 million email messages!Â We began collecting email during the Ronald Reagan administration & have about 8 million from that administration & 20 million from the William Clinton White House.
The new Library & Museum was designed by architect Robert Stern & the landscaping designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh & the intended interplay between inside & outside spaces is truly magnificent.Â The acreage will include a variety of Texas specific landscapes & a cistern currently under construction will collect rainwater for natural irrigation of the space.
More detail is available at www.georgewbushlibrary.gov
View the live webcam to monitor construction activity at www.manhattanconstructiongroup.com/manhattan-construction/projects/webcams/george-w-bush-presidential-center