National Museum of Natural History, HVAC Renovation Halls 2-6
Location: 10th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW | Washington, DC
Contract Amount:$23.4 million
Date of Completion:December 2017
The Smithsonian Institution awarded Grunley the $23.4 million, 46,000 square foot renovation of the National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) Dinosaur Hall. NMNH is on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Historic District of the National Mall. This project will include infrastructure improvements as well as the preservation, renovation and restoration of the building’s historic fabric throughout the space (including plaster repair, restoration and re-creation of decorative beams, columns, balconies and mouldings). The scope will also include the new construction of a fossil lab suite called “FossiLab,” the build-out of the “Deep Time” paleontology exhibit, infrastructure renovations of halls 2-6 (home to the national fossil and dinosaur collections), and the re-creation and re-opening of several ornate and historic balcony overlooks. The renovation will also replace building systems and infrastructure to support the exhibit, improve thermal performance in the galleries and reduce energy consumption. The renovation will reintroduce the original Beaux-Arts architecture style and incorporate natural light into the space, reviving the initial design that has been absent for a generation. This museum’s transformation will lay the groundwork for an improved exhibit that reflects the advancements of Smithsonian science and serves future generations of visitors. The project will be completed by December of 2017.