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Museum project may return to University of California

After putting plans for a new facility to house the Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), on hold last year, The University of California, Berkeley, the university is now it is considering proposals from 10 architectural firms to convert an old printing plant for the museum’s new home, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. The previous plans were dropped owing to funding issues representatives from the university said at the time

The university declined to identify the architects but the newspaper reported that three firms had confirmed that they were invited to take part: Bernard Tschumi Architects of New York, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects of New York and Will Bruder + Partners of Phoenix.

The more ambitious earlier plan designed by architect Toyo Ito was estimated to cost vbetween$143 million to $200 million and was to replace the museum’s current on-campus home, which was declared unsafe a decade ago. But the economic downturn hindered the museum’s capital campaign, which by late last year had raised only $81 million toward a goal of $200 million.

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