by DWS Blogger | Jul 15, 2016
WE CAN'T WAIT! The new $3.6 million KANEKO project is 1/2 erected and we are thrilled to be on the job. Want to learn more? Here's the story from www.Omaha.com:

"Old Market gallery space Kaneko broke ground on a new atrium Monday morning.

The $3.6 million project will add nearly 5,000 square feet to the building at 1111 Jones St. and will create a new entry to the gallery.

The atrium will span the front of the gallery, running down Jones Street between 11th and 12th Streets, and will connect three buildings. It is expected to be complete in November.

Kaneko executive director Chris Hochstetler called the project a face-lift.

“(The atrium is) an effort to freshen up that whole area, which is in desperate need of it,” he said.

The new atrium will contain Kaneko’s administrative offices, freeing up office space for other purposes, including conference and education rooms. The door to the facility, on the northeast corner of the building, will be centered.

The installation will be constructed of steel and glass and will be surrounded by a black and white granite sidewalk, designed by artist Jun Kaneko.

He and his wife, Ree, established Kaneko in 1998. Its first space was completed in 2008. The atrium plans have been in the works for a while: Ree Kaneko said the couple first saw drawings for it roughly 15 years ago.

Ree Kaneko said the new front will set off Kaneko as a center for creativity, expanding the Old Market and forming a new landscape.

“A lot of times, this is an area that has been kind of left behind,” she said.

The gallery conducted a two-and-a-half-year campaign to raise the money for the atrium. The design was completed with collaboration among Los Angeles architect Mark Mack and his firm, Omaha’s HDR and Jun Kaneko.

The gallery also plans to develop a collections space to house works by Kaneko and other artists."