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Construction begins on $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum building


Museum is set to open in fall of 2019.


Aric Mitchell
Talk Business & Politics

The United States Marshals Museum (USMM) has begun construction on its new $50 million location on the banks of the Arkansas River near downtown Fort Smith. For USMM President and CEO Patrick Weeks, Thursday (July 26) marked a “big day” in the completion of the project.

“It’s been 11 years. We’re now sitting here in mid-2018, and we’re finally not just breaking ground — we’ve done that, last year we spent just about $900,000 on bringing in 53,000 cubic yards of dirt to build the building pad out and put that through a settlement period — but now we’re getting ready to start another $18.2 million of construction,” Weeks told Talk Business & Politics, adding that Thursday’s earth-moving was “the start of it.”

Weeks said passers-by could expect the next piece to be “when we start to pour concrete for the footings of the actual building, and that’ll be at the end of August or beginning of September, depending on how the weather and everything else works out.”

He continued: “Right now, we’re going to see a lot of dirt moving. We’re going to see this thing flatten out after a little bit. Next week, we’ll see the construction trailers come in. We’re going to start to see a lot more people on this site — electricians, plumbers, that kind of thing, going on to make sure the utilities get to the right places per the plans. And then, when they get all that underground, under-slab work done, we start to pour concrete and we’ll go from there.” READ MORE.

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