Smithsonian Institution Collections and Support Center

Landover, Maryland
January 1st 2008

This adaptive reuse project transformed a 1960s warehouse into a secure, efficient, state-of-the-art hub for the Smithsonian Institution’s growing museum programs. The product of consolidating programs from multiple facilities, the renovated space incorporates workshops for exhibit fabrication and graphics production, environmentally controlled collections storage, thousands of linear feet of library shelving and a rare-book conservation lab. Organized into “buildings” surrounding a community plaza, functions are interconnected by a series of “streets” that serve both pedestrians and forklifts. New skylights and vibrant colors aid wayfinding and enhance productivity and workplace performance across a one-floor space that spans the equivalent to eight acres.

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