New plans reveal details of Bush Library in Dallas

DALLAS, TX Construction of the complex is slated to begin in November and is expected to be completed by early 2013.

The updated plans released Wednesday provide new details of the landscaping, elevations and exterior design -- including two parking lots north of the library -- but no new information on its interior.

Designed by architect Robert A. M. Stern, the modern three-story George W. Bush Presidential Center -- to be constructed of brick and limestone -- is intended to complement the university's Georgian architecture. The 227,000 square-foot building will stand amid a Texas-inspired landscape that includes wildflowers and prairies.

Privately funded, the Bush policy institute and library is also building an online presence on Facebook to reach new members and potential donors, the Dallas Morning News reported in Thursday editions.

The George W. Bush Foundation hopes to raise about $300 million, the bulk of which will be for construction and building, said foundation spokeswoman Ashley Kavanaugh. She declined to state exactly how much the complex will cost or how close the foundation is to its fundraising goal.

The Facebook application already has attracted about 6,000 users, according to Colin Stewart, the foundation's chief operating officer.

He said 6,000 of the center 40,000 donors gave their first gift online.

Organizers plan to start posting updates about the Bush center on Twitter in July.

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