National Building Museum renovations complete

March 11, 2020

Renovations to the historic great hall of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., are now complete. Photo courtesy Kevin Allen[1]
Renovations to the historic great hall of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., are now complete.
Photo courtesy Kevin Allen

Renovations to the great hall of the National Building Museum[2], Washington, D.C., are now complete. The three-month-long project involved replacing the concrete floor with a modern foundation, and was executed by the U.S. General Services Administration[3] (GSA).

The museum was scheduled to reopen on March 13. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is closed for now.

The reopening would have marked the beginning of a yearlong 40th anniversary celebration, including exhibitions, public programs, and special events.

During the renovation, museum staff took advantage of the closure to convert second-floor classrooms into an exhibition space. The museum will also debut a new ticketing gallery on the ground floor. Housed in a renovated space with new lighting and electrical, acoustical treatment, and durable flooring, this gallery features a display of objects from the museum’s collection, a new ticketing desk, and a seating area. Later this year, an orientation exhibition will welcome visitors with an introduction to the museum’s mission and special exhibitions.

“We used this opportunity to make some long-planned changes to the museum’s layout,” said Rynd. “By moving most exhibitions to the second floor and creating a new visitor center, we think visitors will have an easier time orienting themselves—and understanding our mission.”

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Opener-7.jpg
  2. National Building Museum: https://www.nbm.org/
  3. U.S. General Services Administration: https://www.gsa.gov/

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