National Museum of African American History & Culture
Occupying the last available space on the National Mall, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) is situated prominently between the National Museum of American History and 15th Street, next to the Washington Monument.
The NMAAHC features exhibition space for African American history and culture, as well as a centerpiece venue for ceremonies and performances. The facility looks 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 hangs from the top of the museum with no intermediate support. The museum’s five above-grade levels are 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.
This project continues the longstanding relationship between Clark and the Smithsonian Institution, which dates back to the early 20th century. Since 1983, Clark has built more than 11 projects for the Institution totaling more than 1.3 million square feet.
The museum is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. Sustainable elements include solar hot water panels on the roof and a geothermal ground water system.
S2N is managing the structured cabling, security, and audio visual portions of work.