Update on the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culturefrom Angie Tennyson
The NMAAHC is making monumental progress towards their goal to open in the Fall. Here is an image taken by S2N Technology on the current progress.
The facility will look unlike any other structure on the Mall. The bronze and glass-panel façade, 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 include solar hot water panels on the roof which are connected with Schock Isokorb® structural thermal breaks and a geothermal ground water system.
Congratulations to Clark Construction on earning the 2015 Craftsmanship Award for Cast-in-place concrete on the NMAAHC.