NEW LONDON, Conn. (December 19, 2016) – The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. (NCGMA) has unveiled its proposed architectural designs for the Museum which will be built on the downtown waterfront in New London, Connecticut.  The designs were presented at the Garde Arts Center in a public forum co-hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition.

“Today marks the most important progress to date since the idea for a National Coast Guard Museum was first conceived,” said NCGMA President and CEO Richard Grahn.  “There is extraordinary commitment to build the world class museum that the Coast Guard and the nation deserve, and we are pleased to be able to show the public just how much progress we have made in the past several months.”

The proposed design concept of the Museum has been refined to address the opportunities and needs of building on the waterfront site.  The National Coast Guard Museum Association and officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Coast Guard, the Connecticut State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been working diligently together to consider the design elements necessary to satisfy all applicable environmental regulations.  The final design will be determined through an extensive environmental review and public comment process, and NCGMA is delighted to provide a glimpse as to how to bring a world-class National Coast Guard Museum to the New London waterfront.

“The evolution of the design is a natural part of the process and we expect it to continue to develop as we move forward,” said Charles Klee, Architect from Payette. “This is a very complex project with stakeholders from the City, State, Coast Guard, and a number of governing agencies.  We want to ensure that all are heard and have their concerns addressed as the design is being completed.  We look forward to continuing our collaboration during the environmental and permitting processes.”

With the extensive pre-design work now completed, Klee announced the revised design timeline will target a construction start as early as the summer of 2018, with scheduled opening in 2021.