Museum of the American Revolution

Keast & Hood is providing structural design for the new museum, as well as one of its exhibits, the support of George Washington’s Headquarters Tent. The 120,000 square foot building will house permanent and changing exhibit galleries, two theaters, and administrative and educational space. The museum embodies a commitment to preserve the history of the American Revolution and to amplify the historic character of the surrounding Independence National Historical Park.

The building consists of a steel frame supporting concrete slabs on metal deck and partially restrained moment frame lateral system paired with a façade consisting of precast concrete panels overlaid with half-brick. The project is complicated by a confined urban site, a tight schedule with strict design review criteria, and complex intermediate layered framing to accommodate interstitial support spaces and building setbacks. Large concrete encased cantilevered framing was necessary to support the heavy, niche-accented precast panel façade and avoid the existing foundations of adjacent buildings. An articulated elliptical stair with hidden hanger supports is a main architectural statement of the building.

The project utilizes Building Information Modeling (BIM) and LEED Gold certification is anticipated.

Project Press:

A New Museum of the American Revolution, Warts and All - The New York Times

A Building With a Sense of Place - The Wall Street Journal

Museum of the American Revolution set to open in Philadelphia - The Washington Post

Keast & Hood is providing structural design for the new museum, as well as one of its exhibits, the support of George Washington’s Headquarters Tent. The 120,000 square foot building will house permanent and changing exhibit galleries, two theaters, and administrative and educational space. The museum embodies a commitment to preserve the history of the American Revolution and to amplify the historic character of the surrounding Independence National Historical Park.

The building consists of a steel frame supporting concrete slabs on metal deck and partially restrained moment frame lateral system paired with a façade consisting of precast concrete panels overlaid with half-brick. The project is complicated by a confined urban site, a tight schedule with strict design review criteria, and complex intermediate layered framing to accommodate interstitial support spaces and building setbacks. Large concrete encased cantilevered framing was necessary to support the heavy, niche-accented precast panel façade and avoid the existing foundations of adjacent buildings. An articulated elliptical stair with hidden hanger supports is a main architectural statement of the building.

The project utilizes Building Information Modeling (BIM) and LEED Gold certification is anticipated.

Project Press:

A New Museum of the American Revolution, Warts and All - The New York Times

A Building With a Sense of Place - The Wall Street Journal

Museum of the American Revolution set to open in Philadelphia - The Washington Post

CLIENT: Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

TYPE: Cultural, SERVICES: BIM, New Construction, MATERIALS: Concrete, Steel, SUSTAINABILITY: LEED, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Top Images © Jeffrey Totaro; Rendering © Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP; Aerial shots © Museum of the American Revolution

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