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Officials from Michigan State University have announced that ground has been broken on the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, which is expected to open next spring.

The structure, which was designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, is expected to span 46,000 square feet and three stories. The campus entrance to the museum will feature pleated stainless steel and a glass exterior. Upon completion, the facility will feature 70 percent gallery space, which will be primarily devoted to contemporary art displays.

Outside the museum, visitors will be able to walk around an outdoor sculpture garden and a large pedestrian plaza.

Hadid's design, which was selected through an international design contest in January 2008, is intended to "[capture] the imagination, presenting endless possibilities for exhibitions in state-of-the-art galleries and continuing Michigan State University's reputation for excellence and innovation," the architect said.

The project was initiated by a $28 million gift from Eli and Edythe Broad, and fundraisers have obtained approximately $33 million in private financing. They expect the project will require approximately $7 million more in private donations to be completed within the projected 20-month time frame.

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