Becomes the 19th Division of the Smithsonian Institution
Clark/Smoot/Russell has been awarded the contract for the construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the 19th division of the Smithsonian Institution. Ground-breaking took place in February 2012. Procurement opportunities can be obtained at
Interesting material on the miscellaneous metals contract and the ornamental metals contract are listed in the procurement section of the NMAAHC website. This has been described to me as the largest project featuring copper and copper alloys that has presented in decades.
When the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens to the public in 2015, the museum will be a centerpiece venue for ceremonies and performances, as well as a primary exhibition space for African American history and culture. Designed by a joint venture of Freelon Adjaye Bond and SmithGroup, the 322,600 square-foot facility will look unlike any other structure on the Mall.
The bronze and glass-panel facade, known as the Corona, is a representation of traditional African architecture using modern materials and will visually define the museum. The Corona will hang from the top of the museum with no intermediate support.
The museum’s five above-grade levels will be supported by four concrete towers, linked at the top by steel trusses. Below grade, the project includes three cast-in-place concrete levels: a mechanical level, a concourse level, and a mezzanine level. The museum is designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification. Sustainable elements will include solar hot water panels on the roof and a geothermal ground water system.
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