TOTE to Provide Major Shipping Assistance for Anchorage Museum Expansion
February 28, 2007
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE) recently announced it will provide shipping assistance estimated at $500,000 to ship construction materials for the Anchorage Museum expansion. The museum's new Young Learner's Discovery Center will bear TOTE's name in recognition of the donation. The Young Learners Discovery Center will offer hands-on exploratory activities in art, history and science for toddlers to pre-school age children.The Museum's $116 million expansion project includes a new building, exhibit space, extensive landscaping and an expanded endowment. The new wing is designed by David Chipperfield and Associates of London. Kumin Associates of Anchorage is serving as the architect of record. It will include the first Smithsonian Institution facility outside Washington D.C., a library and archives, a new store and a café. The present museum will be renovated to become the new home of The Imaginarium's hands-on science galleries, the TOTE Young Learner's Discovery Center, expanded classrooms and office space. The expansion project's anticipated completion date is set for 2010. TOTE has long partnered with the museum to provide shipping assistance for exhibitions, including Hunters of the Sky from the Science Museum of Minnesota and A T. Rex Named Sue from the Field Museum in Chicago. A privately owned shipping company serving Alaska since 1975, TOTE operates a fleet of roll-on/roll-off cargo ships offering twice weekly service between the Ports of Tacoma, Washington and Anchorage, Alaska. For more information on the Anchorage Museum expansion, visit www.anchoragemuseum.org/expansion or call (907) 343-6175.