National Capital Chapter (NCC) members who were lucky enough to attend our June 19, 2019 meeting had the opportunity to participate in a behind-the-scenes tour of the start of a 7-year project to revitalize the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. NCC wishes to once again thank our always gracious hosts from the Smithsonian, who have hosted numerous chapter tours at their various facilities in recent years. During the June 19th meeting, NCC members received an overview of this multi-year construction project, including the Smithsonian staff’s role in the pre-construction process which attempted to incorporate prevention through design techniques into the architectural and engineering plans. NCC members also heard from the Clark/Smoot/Consigli joint venture who serve as the contractors responsible for this large multi-year project. Attendees learned about the many obstacles facing the project team, including how to keep the museum open during this project and the removal and relocation of priceless artifacts, including the removal of 60’ high murals and airplanes weighing over 2,000 lbs. which are suspended from the museums ceiling.
The more than 600,000 square foot National Air and Space Museum spans four city blocks and is the second most visited museum in the world, with over 6 million visitors annually.