National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington DC opened in 1976. This 69,480 gsm (747,877 gsf) facility includes approximately 14,971 sm (161,145 sf) of exhibit galleries and holds the world’s largest collection of historic air and spacecraft.
The mechanical and plumbing systems, original to the 1976 building, have exceeded their useful life spans and are unable to maintain desired environmental conditions. Extensive analysis of the cupping/cracking of portions of the existing “Tennessee Pink marble” exterior has concluded that the entire façade (13,000 stone panels) must be replaced.
This LEED-Gold candidate project will revitalize the building envelope and terraces, improve energy efficiency, upgrade the structure’s blast and seismic resistance, modernize the building MEP systems, and improve functionality of spaces affected by the systems renewal.