On November 13, 2015, the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery will reopen to the public, after a major two-year renovation. WRL had the honor of leading the architecture and engineering design of this renovation. After seeing the integration of 9 incredible works of art, specifically designed for the building, I'm humbled by our part in ensuring the sustainability of the building for another generation of visitors and artists. Over the next couple of months, we'll be working to tell the broader story of the renovation and the challenges and triumphs of the design and construction process.
One of the major challenges of the renovation was spatial coordination - for a building originally constructed in the 1860s, pathways for modern infrastructure and life safety systems were non-existent. By working as an integrated team, we were able to use space creatively, while having no negative impacts on public gallery spaces. In fact, two coves on the second floor were able to be restored to their 1800s configuration. Kriston Capps of Atlantic Monthly's CityLab recently authored an article on the construction and enigneering of the project.
If you're in the DC area this winter, drop by the Renwick for a visit. We hope you'll develop a sense of Wonder and respect for the building, as we have over the last three years working on the project.