We are pleased to announce that the team of Clark/Smoot/Russell has been awarded the contract for the construction
of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the 19th division of the Smithsonian Institution.

Rendering of the completed museum. Design Concept for the Museum by Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup.

Welcome to the project website for Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The purpose of this website is to provide convenient access to the latest procurement news associated with the project. We have provided an overview of the project as well as ways in which your firm can participate with Clark/Smoot/Russell during the procurement process for this exciting project. Groundbreaking for the Museum took place on February 22, 2012 in a nationally televised ceremony featuring remarks by President Barack Obama and former First Lady of the United States Laura W. Bush.

Project Overview

Occupying the last available space on the National Mall, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will be situated prominently between the National Museum of American History and 15th Street, next to the Washington Monument.

When it opens to the public in 2015, the museum will be a centerpiece venue for ceremonies and performances, as well as a primary exhibition space for African American history and culture. Designed by a joint venture of Freelon Adjaye Bond and SmithGroup, the 322,600 square-foot facility will look unlike any other structure on the Mall. The bronze and glass-panel facade, known as the Corona, is a representation of traditional African architecture using modern materials and will visually define the museum. The Corona will hang from the top of the museum with no intermediate support. The museum’s five above-grade levels will be supported by four concrete towers linked at the top by steel trusses. Below grade, the project includes three cast-in-place concrete levels: a mechanical level, a concourse level, and a mezzanine level.

The museum is designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification. Sustainable elements will include solar hot water panels on the roof and a geothermal ground water system.

Small Business Participation

Clark/Smoot/Russell is committed to exceeding established goals for Small Business (SB) participation with a focus on involving Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB) on the National Museum of African American History and Culture construction project.

SB Contract Goal - 42%
SDB Contract Goal - 22%
WOSB Contract Goal - 10%
HUBZone Contract Goal - 10%
VOSB Contract Goal - 5%
SDVOSB Contract Goal - 5%

For more information about opportunities for small businesses, contact:

Mr. Wesley Stith - Vice President and National Small Business Liaison Officer, wesley.stith@csrjv.com, 301-272-6884

Ms. Chrystal Stowe, Community Program Manager and NMAAHC Small Business Liaison Officer, chrystal.stowe@csrjv.com, 202-243-6688

We are pleased to announce that the Clark/Smoot/Russell team has been awarded the contract for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.



Interview with Lonnie Locke, 3rd Year Apprentice Working on the NMAAHC Project


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