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Topping Out Held for Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas

(PRNewsFoto/Museum of Nature & Science)
DALLAS, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Recalling the years when many dismissed the idea of a new science museum in Dallas, longtime board member David Corrigan led a celebratory toast as topping out ceremonies were held yesterday for the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. Hundreds cheered the milestone as Ross and Margot Perot made the “official call” instructing the Balfour Beatty crane operator to hoist the steel beam to the top of the structure.  
“We hoped for this day when we began talking 20 years ago about building a new science museum for Dallas… so to see that final beam move into place is really meaningful,” said Corrigan.  “Today happened because you believed, you never gave up, you put in the work and the resources, and we thank you.”
Ross and Margot Perot, their five children and extended family members along with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne were the last to sign the beam. In May 2008, the Perot children made a $50-million gift to the Museum in honor of their parents.  
“This is an exciting day for the children of North Texas,” said Ross Perot.  “It means we are much closer to opening one of the finest science museums in the country.  North Texas children will benefit greatly from the exposure to math, science and technology.  And I’m sure it will inspire many young people to pursue careers in the sciences.  That will be great for our region and our country.” 
To date the Museum has raised $153 million of the $185-million campaign goal.  With $32 million remaining, the Museum recently received a substantial boost when an anonymous donor offered a $10-million challenge grant.  Inspired by this gift and in hopes of completing the fundraising campaign by the end of 2011, the Museum has launched a communitywide fundraising campaign entitled “Every Gift Counts…Twice” that doubles the impact of every contribution.  
The Perot Museum of Nature & Science is currently under construction on a 4.7-acre site located at 1155 Broom Street at the northwest corner of Woodall Rodgers and Field Street in Victory Park adjacent to downtown Dallas. Mayne and his California firm Morphosis are the design architects.  The museum is projected to open in early 2013.  
The facility’s interior will include five floors of public space featuring 10 permanent exhibition halls, including a children’s museum and outdoor playspace/courtyard; an expansive glass-enclosed lobby and adjacent outdoor terrace with a downtown view; state-of-the art exhibition hall designed to host world-class traveling exhibitions; an education wing equipped with six learning labs; a large-format, multi-media digital cinema with seating for 300; flexible-space auditorium; public cafe; retail store; visible exhibit workshops; and offices.  
Lastly, the building itself will be used as a “living” example of engineering, sustainability and technology at work.  

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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