TACOMA, Wash. (Dec. 15, 2010) – 2010 was a breakthrough year for LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM). Construction began at the Tacoma, Wash. facility in June and will be completed by fall 2011, fundraising reached record levels and plans are already being developed for the grand opening.
Here’s a 2010 “by-the-numbers” recap:
$60 million. Money raised to-date to construct the Museum.
501(c)(3). ACM is a non-profit charitable organization.
$9.5 million. Fund raising target for the current “Race to the Finish” campaign, which is for exhibitory, operating, education and car collection funding.
$34 million. Estimated annual economic impact on the Tacoma area.
165,000 sq.-ft. Size of the Museum.
4. Museum floors.
175. Average amount of vehicles that will be displayed each day at ACM.
3.5 acres. Size of the ACM show field, which will host an annual car show with about 300 vehicles.
391,590 sq-ft. (9 acres). Dimensions of the entire ACM campus.
7,900 cubic yards. The amount of concrete in the building (not including site concrete).
10-31-11. Projected completion date for construction.
7.9 million. People that will annually drive by ACM along Interstate 5, the dominant roadway between Tacoma and other parts of Puget Sound.
100,000. Number of school children expected to visit the Museum (and its accompanying library/education center) each year. Note: The ACM education center is currently building curriculum for 3rd – 12th graders.
3,500. In the mid-1990s, the cars, motorcycles and trucks in the collection of founders Harold and Nancy LeMay – the largest privately owned collection in the world.
425,000. Projected number of ACM annual visitors who will learn and be entertained about the role cars have played in our heritage.
30. People on the ACM board of directors.
Complete list at http://www.lemaymuseum.org/page.php?id=66
200. Volunteers required to support the new Museum’s operations.
150. Workers per-day (at peak) on the Museum construction site.
$50. Annual cost of ACM membership.
2,400. ACM charter members – from 41 states and 4 countries.
199,638. Tacoma residents (based on 2009 Census Bureau stats).
4.2 million. Residents in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area, which ranks 15th in total population among U.S. markets.
14 million. Annual visitors to the region.
26. Miles separating Seattle and Tacoma.
25. Miles separating Olympia (the Washington state capital) and Tacoma.
1,939. Miles separating Detroit and Tacoma.