Historic Museum Facade Renovation Walking Tour on the National Mall

  • Date

    Tuesday, May 21 2024

  • Time

    5:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Location

    National Mall - Location Included in Confirmation Email

Join us for a walking tour on the National Mall in downtown Washington, DC. Architecture and enclosure consultant experts will be speaking to recently completed facade renovation projects for several notable historic museum buildings including Hirshhorn Museum, National Air and Space Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. Learn about the logistics of removal and replacement of original precast cladding and stone, a glazing upgrade that has dramatically improved daylight, and facade design principles that support both energy efficiency and comfort for visitors enjoying brand new museum exhibits. Through careful attention to detail, existing historic elements were preserved, and these buildings managed to closely replicate original design, seamlessly integrating into the existing landscape of the National Mall.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will understand the importance of the historic preservation consideration for enclosure repairs of mid-century modern and cultural landmarks.
  • Attendees will learn about options for reuse and replacement of the enclosure elements of the historic mid-century modern buildings.
  • Attendees learn about technical and aesthetic requirements in matching the historic stone and concrete façade cladding.
  • Attendees will consider the impact of complete façade replacement on the integrity of a historic building and learn how constructability analysis could inform design of the historic facade repair.

Presented by:

Photo of Kirill Pivovarov

Kirill Pivovarov, AIA is an award-winning architect with Page Southerland Page, Inc, a national architecture firm active in the design and rehabilitation of culturally significant buildings. Kirill is passionate about sustainability and his design approach combines contemporary innovation with the careful preservation of historic fabric. Throughout his career, Kirill has contributed to the design and modernization of numerous cultural landmarks in Washington DC, including U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, and the Revitalization of the Smithsonian Historic Core. Kirill served as lead architect and project executive for the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum Envelope Modernization project.

photo of ken hill

Ken Hill Jointed TYLin in 2013 with a background in general building design as well as building envelope research and design. His building envelope experience includes forensic investigations, wind tunnel testing, full-scale testing, and most recently product development management for a window, door, and curtain wall manufacturer. His design experience includes a variety of construction types including educational and institutional, residential, commercial, and facade design projects.

photo of anthony nicastro

Anthony Nicastro has national experience in the investigation, design, and construction contract administration of building enclosure components for major institutional, commercial, educational, and residential buildings. He has consulted with architects, building owners, and contractors to analyze facade design concepts, evaluate construction defects, and develop repairs for complex enclosure issues.

photo of Brian Rose

Brian Rose is a professional engineer and senior project manager for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger where he provides a variety of building enclosure commissioning, consulting, and investigation services for owners, architects, and contractors. He has worked on the National Air and Space Museum Revitalization project for the past 12 years, including as the primary enclosure engineer during the initial investigation and design and as the project manager throughout the construction phase. He also investigated the original precast cladding at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Organized by:

AIA|DC Building Enclosure Council