The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, is undergoing its first major renovation since the museum opened its doors more than 40 years ago 1976. The Smithsonian has selected Clark/Smoot/Consigli for a six-year contract to renovate the National Air and Space Museum. The joint venture team is comprised of Clark Construction Group, LLC, Smoot Construction Co., and Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
As construction manager-at-risk, CSC will work with the Smithsonian to remove and replace the exterior stone façade, glass curtain wall, and skylights, as well as add an iconic tensile roof entrance canopy with an abstract shape of wings inspired by images of the early flying machines developed by Leonardo DaVinci. The team also will update the infrastructure of the museum’s gallery and presentation spaces, replace outdated mechanical and electrical systems, and perform other building improvements. The CSC team will also assist with relocating artifacts to the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
The National Air and Space Museum revitalization is Clark’s 16th project for the Smithsonian. Most recently, Clark – in a partnership with Smoot –was the contractor for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in September 2016.
“Clark is excited to continue our successful partnership with the Smithsonian,” said Jared Oldroyd, Clark’s Vice President overseeing the renovation project. “We take great pride in delivering monumental projects that inspire millions of visitors per year. We are honored to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to restore a national treasure for the enjoyment of future generations.”
“The National Air and Space Museum is both a national landmark and a signature project for our company,” said Matthew Consigli, President of Consigli Construction Co., Inc. “We strive to work on projects that can have a significant impact on their communities. We are excited to work to restore the museum’s style and beauty.” Consigli has restored a number of museums including the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
With a portfolio that includes monumental buildings and museums, Smoot Construction Company also has a long history of working with the Smithsonian on the National Mall. “The opportunity to work for the Smithsonian again is a great privilege, and to work on the National Air and Space Museum again is a special honor,” said Mark S. Cain, President and CEO of Smoot. “More than 40 years ago, we were a masonry subcontractor on the museum and today, we’re part of the team managing the renovation.”
The joint venture team of museum builders and renovation experts is providing preconstruction services including budgeting, scheduling, design coordination, and detailed planning for the renovation work. Clark/Smoot/Consigli has worked with the Smithsonian to develop a phased approach that allows the National Air and Space Museum to remain operational throughout construction. In the fall of 2018,construction will begin on the west side of the museum.
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