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U.S. Marshals Museum Unveils New Renderings, $16.5M Budget

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The United States Marshals Museum on Tuesday unveiled new renderings for its 50,000-SF facility that is set to open Sept. 24, 2019, in Fort Smith. 

Also, during its June board meeting, the museum announced costs for the site and facility have been reduced to $16.5 million from a projected $33.5 million, thanks to design and construction modifications.

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects updated the design.

“After a thorough investigation, it has been determined extensive site work, including the proposed 16-foot undercut, will no longer be required at the site,” Patrick Weeks, the museum’s president and CEO, said in a news release. “This is a positive development that will allow us to stay on schedule and officially begin construction next spring.”

The site on the banks of the Arkansas River previously served as a landfill for debris following a 1996 tornado. Crews expected to remove and replace unsuitable soil around and up to 16 feet below the museum, but the ground there is much more solid than they initially anticipated. 

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