Smithsonian Institution, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Repairs & Renovations
Complex Museum Revitalization Project
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden opened on the National Mall in 1974 and serves as the Smithsonian Institution’s museum of contemporary and modern art. The hollowed cylindrical Gordon Bunshaft Brutalist building is elevated on four large piers, allowing visitors to enter the museum’s central public courtyard, and floats above nearly four acres of landscaped grounds for sculpture. Smithsonian is undertaking a comprehensive rehabilitation to address the museum’s aging enclosure systems and improve its energy efficiency. CRTKL is providing architectural services related to rehabilitation of the museum, including short and long term building modernization planning, comprehensive testing and investigations of the sculpture garden and museum plaza walls, building facades and structural systems, design of the building enclosure replacement, investigation and short and long term planning for modernization and replacement of the vertical transportation systems (elevators and escalators), loading dock and BOH improvements, and art lab leak mitigation.