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Photographer: Alan Karchmer

Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Tour what will soon be the first LEED certified BD+C museum on the National Mall: National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture was designed by the The Freelon Group (The Freelon Group/David Adjaye/Davis Brody Bond/SmithGroup) assisted by a group of 28 highly talented consultants. Playing a major role for the sustainable design of the building were Rocky Mountain Institute as Sustainability Consultant, WSP as the MEP FP Engineers, and Kahtryn Gustafson as Landscape Architect.

In the words of its Director, Dr. Lonnie Bunch, the new Museum provided the Smithsonian with the opportunity "to design and build a museum for the 21st century that will demonstrate our nation's commitment to sustainable development, and provide a living laboratory to share knowledge about sustainable construction and facility operation practices, and sustainable preservation and conservatorship of a major museum collection."

The Museum opened its doors September 2016 is the first Museum on the Mall and is expecting to receive LEED Gold late summer/early fall.

The learning aspects of the tour will cover the three prong approach used for the design of the building: a)use of passive design, b) incorporation of appropriate and efficient systems into the design and c.) finding synergies between the systems.

  • 8:30-8:55 a.m. — Registration and networking
  • 9- 10:30 a.m. —Tour of Museum, LEED aspects
  • 10:30-11 a.m. — Closing and networking