WWII Museum leaders moving forward with expansion
NEW ORLEANS - Organizers at the National World War II Museum are preparing for future stages of their $300 million expansion project.
The Times-Picayune reports museum leaders appeared before the City Planning Commission last week to seek permission for some changes in the master plan they began laying out in 2004.
Bob Farnsworth, the museum's senior vice president for capital programs, says the expansion should be complete by 2015.
The project will be smaller than initially envisioned. One planned building, the U.S. Pavilion, has been eliminated, and some floors have been cut from other buildings.
The Restoration Pavilion, which opens Saturday, will let visitors see how World War II artifacts are restored and preserved. Other buildings will include the U.S. Freedom Pavilion: Land, Sea and Air; the Campaigns Pavilion; and the Liberation Pavilion.