The Hirshhorn Museum, the Smithsonian’s museum of modern and contemporary art, is an iconic Modern building on the National Mall. Designed by Gordon Bunshaft as a “large piece of functional sculpture”, the circular building is defined by its monolithic cast-in-place concrete drum and aggregate concrete precast panels. Original construction deficiencies resulted in installation defects, panel distress, and poor energy performance. A unique design approach for façade rehabilitation was developed to address historic preservation, performance, and museum programming requirements. Construction on this project began in late 2020 and will be undertaken while the museum is fully occupied. The presentation will address design and construction history of the Hirshhorn; replacement of precast concrete panels on an iconic mid-century building, and the balance achieved between technical performance and historic preservation requirements; strategies for major renovation while keeping a museum open including integration of art into the construction process; and the collaborative nature of this design effort.
- Attendees will understand the important of historic preservation considerations when correcting deficient infrastructure.
- Attendees will explore the unusual design and construction of an iconic modern building by a master architect, Gordon Bunshaft.
- Attendees will investigate the aesthetic requirements in matching the unusual aggregate concrete precast panels.
- Attendees will consider the impact of complete façade replacement on the integrity of an historic building.
Carly Bond - Carly Bond is the Smithsonian Institution’s Historic Preservation Specialist, providing technical guidance on projects through pre-project planning, design, and construction. Ms. Bond also leads projects requiring Section 106 consultation in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act. Ms. Bond holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.
Al Masino - Al is the Director of Exhibitions, Design and Special Projects at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. He is primarily focused on long range institutional planning and coordination while directing the design and implementation of exhibitions, special projects and programmatic initiatives. Al also liaisons with the Smithsonian Facilities team and coordinates the impact of construction projects, capital improvements and facilities maintenance on the Museum's program and schedule.
Lauren McCunney - Ms. McCunney is an Architect/Design Manager with Smithsonian Facilities, focused on projects at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Ms. McCunney leads Smithsonian stakeholders, technical reviewers, and museum clients in collaborative design processes with A/E firms. Ms. McCunney holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington.
Kirill Pivovarov - Kirill is a Lead Designer for the HMSG Envelope Repair Project, he also manages a number of federal cultural design IDIQ contracts for CRTKL. His experience with high-profile projects and competitions has gained him national and international recognition. In addition to his design leadership role on complex projects, Kirill has a special interest in integrated design processes, sustainability, and low-carbon/zero-energy design.
AIA|DC Public Architects Committee