National Air and Space Museum Revitalization

Smithsonian Institution • Washington, DC

Setting New Standards for System Performance

The phased renovation of the National Air and Space Museum, one of the world’s most popular museums, includes replacement of all of the building systems, upgrades to the exterior envelope, and renovations to galleries and the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall. Mueller Associates is designing the new HVAC, power, and plumbing systems. Extensive testing and modeling have enabled the design team to predict energy, lighting, ventilation, thermal, and moisture performance in the modernized structure. The 687,000-square-foot museum, which opened in 1976, will remain open throughout the renovation process.

Mueller’s work at the National Air and Space Museum dates to 1984 when we first began to support the museum with MEP upgrades. In 1987, Mueller provided MEP engineering for the renovation of the building’s third floor.


Quinn Evans Architects
Cho Benn Holback + Associates
RCG Architects

Client History

2018: National Air and Space Museum Revitalization; Quinn Evans Architects
2018: National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center Hangar Swing Space; Ayers Saint Gross
2016: Hirshhorn Conservation Laboratory; Cho Benn Holback + Associates
2014: National Air and Space Museum Exterior Envelope and HVAC Replacement Study; Quinn Evans Architects
2014: Freer Gallery of Art Auditorium Renovation; Cho Benn Holback + Associates
2013: National Postal Museum William H. Gross Stamp Gallery; Cho Benn Holback + Associates
2011: National Museum of Natural History East Wing HVAC Renovation; Quinn Evans Architects
2010: National Air and Space Museum Electrical Systems Replacement; Cho Benn Holback + Associates
2008: National Museum of Natural History Sant Ocean Hall; Quinn Evans Architects
2004: Osteoprep Lab Building Ventilation Study & Repairs; Cho Benn Holback + Associates
2002: Sackler Gallery Mezzanine; GWWO Architects
1987: National Air and Space Museum Third-Floor Renovation; RCG Architects
1987: Castle Building North Tower Expansion; RCG Architects
1987: Renwick Gallery - HVAC Analysis; RCG Architects
1986: Paul E. Garber Facility Preservation, Restoration & Storage Facility; RCG Architects
1986: National Museum of American History Engines of Change Exhibit; RCG Architects
1985: Arts & Industries Building Master Plan
1984: American Art Museum Lincoln Gallery
1980: Cooper-Hewitt Museum Environmental Controls & Electrical Systems Upgrades
1978: National Portrait Gallery HVAC Renovations

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