11. June 2014

Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

from Angie Tennyson


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The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), on the National Mall in Washington DC, broke ground early 2012. With a schedule to open in Fall 2015, the museum continues to progress towards becoming a flagship venue for ceremonies and performances, as well as a exhibition space for African American history and culture.

The NMAAHC was designed as a joint venture of Freelon Adjaye Bond and SmithGroup. Architect, David Adjaye was recently featured in an article in CNN,   noted as a “starchitect” for his international designs and awards. He is also known for his work at Sugar Hill in Harlem, the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art.


The 420,000 square-foot facility features bronze and glass-panel facade, known as the Corona, is representative of traditional African architecture. 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 construction camera to see the progress can be seen at the NMAAHC Construction Camera Link.

The museum is designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification. Sustainable elements will include Isokorb® structural thermal breaks, solar hot water panels on the roof and a geothermal ground water system.

Check the blog next month, as we update on the progress of Schöck Isokorb® installation.

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Architect: David Adjaye

Design Collaborative: Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup

Owner: Smithsonian Institution

Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson and Associates, Robert Silman Associates

Construction: Clark Construction

Installation:  American Iron Works Inc. and Baker Steel


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