Name: Leslie Ladendorf
Title: Development Director
CADE MUSEUM BREAKS GROUND ON THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF GATORADE
The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for their $10 million building at their Depot Park site at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 2, 2015. A reception followed the site ceremony in “Dr. Cade’s Garage” behind the Cade Museum Foundation, Inc. offices for dignitaries and invited guests.
The date of this groundbreaking is significant to the history of the Cade Museum in that it is also the 50th anniversary of the invention of Gatorade by Dr. Robert Cade, the Museum’s namesake, and his team in 1965. Gatorade, and its parent company Pepsi Co., made a generous gift to the museum in 2014 towards the exhibit Science and Sport, which will tell the story of Dr. Robert Cade and his team’s invention of the iconic sports drink.
Speakers for the ceremony included, Phoebe Cade Miles, CEO and President of the Cade Museum and daughter of Dr. Robert Cade, Mayor Ed Braddy, County Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Chestnut, Brett O’Brien, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Gatorade, and John Carlson President CPPI Construction and Chairman for the Chamber of Commerce. Guests were able to get a sense for the space that the new museum will occupy and a sneak peek of what they will experience in the exhibits and labs once open. At “Dr. Cade’s Garage” CEO and President, Phoebe Cade Miles spoke to the crowd about the evolution of the Cade Museum and its importance to our community as a resource for unique science education powered by STEAM (STEM with a big A for arts). Demonstrations from the Science of Electrolytes kits, designed by the Cade Museum and unveiled at the event, were available and Dance Alive! performed.
Phase I of the building will take approximately 18 months to construct with a budget of $7 million and an additional $3 million in exhibits. Phase I Exhibits will include Science & Sport, Gator Tank and The Great Experiment. Included in this phase is the Creativity Live! wing, which comprises the Creativity Lab and Fab Lab. The home of the New Cade Museum will be at Depot Park, a remediated brownfield in the heart of downtown Gainesville. The Community Redevelopment Agency began construction in September on the amenities in Depot Park that have been deemed the “Central Park of Gainesville.”
The Cade Museum’s mission to inspire creative thinking, future inventors and early entrepreneurs can be seen throughout the design of the building by GWWO Architects, through the exciting exhibits created by JRA and through the educational programming already provided by the Cade Museum.
Activities included: shovel ceremony and displays on the site in Depot Park; science demonstrations, tours of the Creativity and Fab Labs, and a performance by Dance Alive! at the Cade Museum.