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The Outline of the New Whitney Museum Is Complete

(Courtesy Whitney Museum)

(Courtesy Whitney Museum)

The final steel beam was just put into place atop the Whitney Museum’s new Renzo Piano-designed location downtown, finalizing the outline of the nine-story, 200,000-square-foot building that is set to open in 2015.

“We’re delighted to share this milestone event with our partners at Turner Construction, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and Cooper Robertson & Partners,” Adam D. Weinberg, the museum’s director, said in a statement. “The future Whitney will be an aspirational space where contemporary artists can realize their visions and audiences can connect deeply with art.”

A flag flew half-mast atop the structure alongside a banner that said “NY Loves Newtown” in commemoration of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.