Timeline to the new Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

May 2002
MCA commissions a master plan for the building from Australian architect Sam Marshall, in consultation with Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA).

2004
Sam Marshall is appointed to implement the first phase of the master plan, the refurbishment and expansion of the Level 4 Galleries as a result of the relocation of the MCA Collection to offsite storage.

2005
Sam Marshall in association with the Government Architect is commissioned to undertake the redevelopment of the building, including the addition of a new wing on the car park.

August 2007
$10 million pledge announced from Sydney business leaders and philanthropists David Coe and Simon Mordant and their families, to kick start the campaign to expand the MCA

March 2008
NSW Government commits $10 million towards the redevelopment.

August 2008
City of Sydney commits $1 million.

July 2009
MCA gets DA approval for design and announces green light for redevelopment.

May 2010
MCA announces $13 million from the Federal Government and an increase from the NSW Government from $10 million to $13 million to match the Federal support. MCA also announces June 2010 start for redevelopment and releases new vision renderings and fly-through.

4 August 2010
MCA redevelopment commences. Turning of the sod photo call in the presence of MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, the Premier of NSW, Kristina Keneally, the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Federal Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts, The Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP.

20 April 2011
The topping out of the building takes place.

7 July 2011
The first of 833 black, brown, white and grey GRC panels that clad the new elements of the MCA is installed.

28 September 2011
New MCA rooftop venues open with a capital fund-raising dinner.

December 2011
The scaffolding comes down on George Street to reveal new panelling.

5 December 2011
MCA announces Thursday 29 March 2012 opening date.

13 December 2011
One floor of new and refurbished galleries in the old building launched with an exhibition of the work of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Recorders, part of the Sydney International Art Series.

21 December 2011
MCA Chairman Simon Mordant and MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor take a 360° aerial tour of the MCA following an exclusive photo shoot for the Australian Financial Review.

11 January 2012
The sign on the exterior of the building is completed.

17 February 2012
Doonooch Dancers perform a smoking ceremony, an important part of Aboriginal culture undertaken to cleanse and heal, in the new galleries.

21 February 2012
Volume One: MCA Collection installation begins in Level 2 Collection Galleries with Robert Owen’s wall painting and Nicholas Folland’s chandelier among the first works to go up.

5 March 2012
The scaffolding comes down on Circular Quay side.

28 March 2012
The MCA officially reopens in the presence MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, MCA chairman Simon Mordant, the Premier of New South Wales, The Hon. Barry O’Farrell, the Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Simon Crean MP, the New South Wales Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing, and Minister for the Arts, the Hon. George Souris MP and the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore.

29 March 2012
MCA re-opens to the public.

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The Premier of NSW Kristina Keneally, the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Federal Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts, The Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP, and MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor announce that construction on the redevelopment of the Museum of Contemporary Art will commence in June 2010.