National WW2 Museum gets $20M, includes 150-foot-high canopy
NEW ORLEANS - A former board chairman has given the National World War II Museum $20 million, half of it for a 150-foot-tall canopy that will shade the courtyard and some buildings.
Officials say it's the museum's biggest donation ever. At a live-streamed news conference Tuesday, Boysie Bollinger, chairman and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards, said he hopes someone will soon break his record.
Museum spokeswoman Kacee Hill says $4 million of the gift goes to the museum's endowment, with $4.5 million for capital construction.
Bob Farnsworth, senior vice president for capital programs, says the canopy is designed to withstand at least 130-mile-an-hour winds, and its shade will help cut the museum's air-conditioning bill.
The sharply angled canopy will be 448 feet long and 126 feet wide. It's expected to be finished in 2017.
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