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, includeD 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 designed the new HVAC, power, and plumbing systems. Extensive testing and modeling 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, has remained 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
JMT Architecture

Client History

2027: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Revitalization; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/Selldorf Architects
2024: National Air and Space Museum Revitalization; Quinn Evans
2022: Molina Family Latino Gallery, National Museum of American History; Quinn Evans
2020: National Native American Veterans Memorial; Quinn Evans
2019: National Air and Space Museum Dulles Collections Center; Ayers Saint Gross
2018: Conservation Pavilion, National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute; Quinn Evans
2016: Hirshhorn Conservation Laboratory; Quinn Evans
2014: Paleobiology Laboratory, National Museum of Natural History; Quinn Evans
2014: National Air and Space Museum Exterior Envelope and HVAC Replacement Study; Quinn Evans
2014: Freer Gallery of Art Auditorium Renovation; Quinn Evans
2013: National Postal Museum William H. Gross Stamp Gallery; Quinn Evans
2010: National Air and Space Museum Electrical Systems Replacement; Quinn Evans
2008: National Museum of Natural History Sant Ocean Hall; Quinn Evans
2004: Osteoprep Lab Building Ventilation Study & Repairs; Quinn Evans
2002: Sackler Gallery Mezzanine; GWWO Architects
1987: National Air and Space Museum Third-Floor Renovation; JMT Architecture
1987: Castle Building North Tower Expansion; JMT Architecture
1987: Renwick Gallery - HVAC Analysis; JMT Architecture
1986: Paul E. Garber Facility Preservation, Restoration & Storage Facility; JMT Architecture
1986: National Museum of American History Engines of Change Exhibit; JMT Architecture
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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