Construction Tour: International Spy Museum

Have you heard that the International Spy Museum is expanding and moving to Southwest DC? Are you curious to learn more about how the architects and structural engineers are working together to achieve a state-of-the-art, structurally innovative, and architecturally significant building? Join the AIA|DC EAC and the SEAMW-YMG for a discussion and construction tour of the new International Spy Museum in L’Enfant Plaza!

Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in collaboration with Hickok Cole Architects, the new museum will more than double the Spy Museum’s current exhibit space while adding a rooftop event venue, more classrooms, and a place for temporary, changing exhibits. Design features include a glass “veil” suspended in front of an enclosed “black box” exhibition space that will allow the movement of people on a hanging monumental stair to be visible from both inside and outside. The new building has the added challenge of being constructed above L’Enfant Plaza’s existing parking garage and retail promenade. The city hopes the new location will help connect pedestrians from the National Mall to the Southwest waterfront.

Please note that this tour takes place on an active construction site. Personal Protective Equipment including hardhats, safety glasses, and closed-toed shoes will be required for the tour. Limited quantities will be available to loan on a first come, first serve basis - but we highly encourage you to bring your own if possible!

A networking happy hour with appetizers and drinks will be held at 21st Amendment Bar & Grill, 550 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20024, following the event.

Presented by members of the Hickok Cole Architects and SK&A Structural Engineers project teams.

Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee and SEAMW-YMG

Sponsored by: Perkins + Will and SmithGroupJJR

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the multi-disciplinary coordination efforts between the architects, structural engineer, and contractor to achieve design intent while ensuring a competent, long-lasting structure that will help connect pedestrians from the National Mall to the Southwest waterfront;
  • Discuss the unique design challenges of constructing a new building on top of an existing plaza, retail promenade, and below-grade parking;
  • Summarize the structural design of the monumental steel stair and landings supported by a steel hanger system with structural steel pins; and
  • Explain the design team’s approach to fireproofing the largely exposed steel atrium structure, which includes intumescent paint and spray-applied fire retardant.