National Museum of the United States Army

Location: 
Fort Belvoir, VA
Client: 
Army Historical Foundation
Size: 
188,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
2019
Certification: 
LEED Silver
Sector: 
Expertise: 

Clark constructed a 188,000 square-foot museum to celebrate the service of the over 30 million men and women who have worn the U.S. Army uniform since 1775. 

Located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the National Museum of the United States Army is constructed on a 46-acre site and is comprised of two adjoining buildings, a custom building and the exhibit wing. The custom building contains the Experiential Learning Center, Veterans’ Hall, special exhibition gallery, main lobby, café, museum store, and offices. The 60,000 square-foot exhibit wing, a one level, open-concept space, will house many of the museum’s exhibits.

The building’s façade is comprised of glass and metal panels, and the museum interior features high-end terrazzo and granite finishes, as well as stained oak millwork. The museum’s façade features over 3,000 stainless steel panels in a range of sizes, the largest measuring 3' x 20' tall. In addition to supporting the museum’s signature look, the metal panel façade also acts as a rainscreen.

The lobby serves as a grand welcoming space that honors the American solider, recognizes the donors that made the museum possible, and provides a record of every military campaign ever undertaken by the United States Army. The lobby Honor Wall lists the names of every military campaign undertaken by the United States Army, starting with the Revolutionary War and ending with the War on Terrorism.  

As part of the National Museum of the United States Army project, the Clark team also delivered the Medal of Honor Garden, promenade with donor pavers, and entry plaza to support the museum’s future outdoor programs. The hardscape scope of work incorporates a mix of mesabi black and Virginia mist granite flatwork.

The museum is designed to achieve LEED® Silver certification.