Page Updated August 1, 2017

News of underground buildings that are being contemplated or constructed are added to this page as information becomes available.

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NEW A planned expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, will include about 15,000 square feet in a new underground gallery.
Construction is expected to take place between April 2019 and October 2021.

A chapel excavated from natural granite in Raleigh, North Carolina, was designed by Vilalta Arquitectura.

Frank Ghery revealed a model of his design for expanding the Philadelphia Museum of Art underneath the famous "Rocky steps." See photos and an interview.

Under Construction

Princeton University is renovating Firestone Library, which is the campus's largest building. Much of the building is underground. Renovations in include asbestos removal, lighting improvements, and computer and electrical upgrades. The building will remain in use during the renovation process, which is expected to be finished in 2018.

Recently Completed

A three-year renovation of the National Gallery of Art's East Building was completed in September 2016. It included adding a special exhibition gallery in the underground concourse.

The Chicago Cubs' two-level clubhouse under a new plaza near Wrigley Field was finished in April 2016.

The Arts Coalition for Dupont Underground opened the first portion of its new arts, retail, and community space development in May 2016 in the vacant, underground trolley station at Dupont Circle in Washington DC.


The University of Oregon's Allan Price Science Commons & Research Library Remodel/Expansion, which was completed in October 2016, received a 2017 Library Building Award from AIA and the American Library Association.

On January 13, 2017, AIA awarded an Institute Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design to the new, underground Cleveland Convention Center.

In October 2016, AIA announced that Epic Systems Corporation's Deep Space auditorium received Honorable Mention in the TAP/CCA Innovation Awards. The 1.2-million-square-foot underground auditorium can seat 11,400 people.

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