Washington, DC, welcomes the George Washington University’s new 46,000-square-foot museum, which is a unique collaboration between the university and the 90-year-old Textile Museum. Containing its 19,000-piece collection, it is located between the historic Corcoran Hall and Woodhull House.
AECOM Tishman served as construction manager for this renovation project.
Located on an incredibly small urban footprint, which presented several staging and logistical challenges, we performed several excavation techniques such as:
- Solider piles
- Lagging and tie-backs
- 25-foot-deep hand-dug underpinning
- Secant wall along the adjacent shallow foundations
Completion in Phases:
Phase One: Preconstruction work was done inside Corcoran and Bell Halls to relocate laboratories and research facilities.
Phase Two: We were able to begin work on Corcoran Hall, which consisted of building a new mechanical tower, razing the existing tower, and building the new stair power.
Phase Three: Construction of the new museum began.
With two levels being underground and four aboveground, the new museum includes features such as a monumental staircase, a learning center, program room, the Arthur D. Jenkins Library for Textile Arts, and staff offices and exhibition preparation areas.
The museum also features a sky bridge that connects to the adjacent historic Woodhull House, which is home to the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection — a collection of hundreds of rare papers, maps, drawings, and other artifacts chronicling the history of Washington, DC.