Nido & Mariana Qubein Children’s MuseumNido & Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum Unveils Rendering
HIGH POINT, N.C., April 29, 2019 – The Board of Directors of the Nido & Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum, a nonprofit board comprised of community volunteers, has developed renderings of the new facility. The renderings are part of a package led by design team Mercer Architecture and show all elevations of the facility. The renderings will assist the design team with project massing, scale and design enhancements. The location of the museum will be the corner of Montlieu Avenue and Hamilton Street for the planned 50,000-square-foot museum, according to Chairman Barry Kitley.
A large-scale rendering will be installed on the site in the coming weeks. Progress on the museum is well underway following last fall’s rezoning of the site. Exhibits for the interior are nearing the final master planning stage. Expect to see popular items like a kid’s community, café and water play area. Also expect new items for children to explore.
“We are excited to see the city’s children’s museum come to life,” says Leslie Culp, Board Member. “The renderings allow us to see the building in ways that help us understand relationally and from our children’s perspective.”
The Downtown Advisory Board, which is responsible for the enhanced downtown vision, is a group of local philanthropic leaders chaired by Dr. Nido Qubein. The board oversees the funding for the downtown projects including the children’s museum, the Earl & Kitty Congdon Events Center, Slane Family Playground & Picnic Area in the stadium and a planned “Blessing Park” by Molly & Ronnie Young. Dr. Qubein has been instrumental in the city’s downtown catalyst project acquiring naming rights for the city’s new stadium, which is now BB&T Point, as well as the baseball team operating funds and funding for team acquisition – the High Point Rockers, as the city’s master tenant and the state’s newest professional sports team beginning play on May 2, 2019. Also, Qubein recently announced that all luxury suites in the stadium were sold – over $18 million raised for baseball alone. Total commitment to the downtown area is over $100 million raised for the children’s museum, events center, park, and apartments and a hotel from local developers.
“Our city is redefining itself,” says Councilman Chris Williams, in whose Ward the museum is located. “The Qubein Children’s Museum is a critical piece that connects our university to the downtown. Not only do we have catalysts in HPU and the new stadium, but because of Nido Qubein’s expanded vision, the children’s museum acts as a second catalyst for growth. Thank you, Dr. Nido Qubein and our philanthropic leaders.”