Design unveiled for Cade Museum

An artist rendering of the proposed Cade Museum of Creativity & Invention.

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 9:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 9:29 p.m.

Four years after the family of lead Gatorade inventor, the late Robert Cade, announced plans for the Cade Museum of Creativity & Invention, the winners of an architecture contest on Thursday unveiled the design of the museum to be built in Depot Park along South Main Street on what would have been Cade's 85th birthday.

From a national contest that drew 25 entries, GWWO, a Baltimore-based architectural firm, was introduced as the winner during a ceremony at the city of Gainesville's newly renovated Historic Depot Building.

The original plan was to announce three finalists, but the judges, who included national and local architects, were unanimous in their selection of GWWO's design, said museum Executive Director Dorrie Hipschman.

The first phase of the museum is scheduled to open in 2015 about on schedule with the opening of Depot Park, which is being cleaned of industrial contamination.

The Cade Museum Foundation is trying to raise $9 million to build the museum. Board member David Molyneaux said the capital campaign is “well on its way.”

GWWO specializes in cultural and educational facilities, including numerous museums. The firm's work includes the visitor center and the museum at Mount Vernon and the Port Canaveral Welcome Center.

The Cade Museum Foundation's mission is to create a museum that is educational, interactive and collaborative with hands-on exhibits and workshops designed to inspire creativity and entrepreneurship.

Hipschman said the museum will have what she calls “living exhibits,” local inventors and entrepreneurs to inspire kids.

GWWO's task was to design a museum that reflects the foundation's mission.

Design Principal Alan Reed said they also wanted a design that did not look like half a museum while the complex was being constructed in phases.

He said the design was inspired by nature, brain cells and the universe —with connections to each coming from the center of the complex. To further that concept, the museum will include a main hall in the center “that everything grows out of,” Reed said.

To build Phase 2, planned for an additional 24,000 square feet, the building can have wedge-shaped structures added to the center or additional stories.

Features planned for the museum include a neuroscience room to learn about creativity in the brain, a Gatorade gallery, classrooms, exhibit space and an invention lab.

“I think this project can change our community,” Molyneaux said. “It can change the children of our community. It can change the adults in our community. It can change the entire outlook over science and technology and engineering and arts and mathematics.”

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