National Museum of Natural History, Dinosaur Hall, HVAC Renovation Halls 2 - 6
Location: 10th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW | Washington, DC
Contract Amount:$25.6 Million
Date of Completion:8/15/2017
Grunley completed the 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 included infrastructure improvements as well as the preservation, renovation and restoration of the building’s historic fabric throughout the space that involved plaster repair, restoration and re-creation of decorative beams, columns, balconies and mouldings.
The scope also included 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 also replaced building systems and infrastructure to support the exhibit, improved thermal performance in the galleries and reduced energy consumption.
The renovation reintroduced the original Beaux-Arts architecture style and incorporated natural light into the space, reviving the initial design that had been absent for a generation. This museum’s transformation lays the groundwork for an improved exhibit that reflects the advancements of Smithsonian science and serves future generations of visitors.