The Contemporary Austinís downtown Jones Center gallery building currently is undergoing a $3 million upgrade.

The improvement project includes adding a dramatic canopy roof to the museumís outdoor roofdeck/program area, expand the interior gallery space and add important upgrades to the buildingís climate controls systemís to meet museum industry specifications.

The renovations address areas of concern that have emerged as the museumís scope and activity level have greatly expanded in the last several years.

While the building will re-open in late November, we stopped by today for a hard-hat tour.

Under construction: The 21-foot-tall canopy over the roof deck, in addition to adding protection from the elements, will frame the film screen area. Photos by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

The canopy extends the entire rooftop of the Jones Center which is at Congress Ave. and Seventh St.

Offices were moved from the first to the second floor so that the first floor could be significantly opened up for more gallery space. In all, the Jones Center will now have more than 8,000 square feet of gallery space.

Not exciting looking, but oh so very important. The new humidity control system will allow the museum to borrow and exhibit more delicate works of art.

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