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Architect: New museum a tough task

By RICK GERSHMAN
Published February 1, 2007


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TAMPA - The challenge is considerable. Stanley Saitowitz, the man - okay, the latest man - charged with designing the 21st century version of the Tampa Museum of Art, acknowledged as much.

"It's actually a really difficult site in many ways," Saitowitz said Wednesday in a question-and-answer session at the current museum.

He was responding to a question about the "rather miserable challenge" of building the museum on a Curtis Hixon Park site that borders the William F. Poe Garage and a stretch of railroad tracks.

Saitowitz, a San Francisco-area architect, was selected about two months ago to design the approximately $41-million project.

Museum officials said they hope to have schematics in about two months, start construction by fall, and open sometime from late 2008 to early 2009.

That's an ambitious but makeable game plan, Saitowitz said.

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