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Marine Corps Museum Expansion Wins Top Prize
December 20, 2018
The Balfour Beatty Mid-Atlantic team's National Museum of the Marine Corps Expansion project won the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) Northern Virginia Chapter's Award of Excellence for Building Capital Improvements in the Institutional category.
The approximately 124,950-square-foot expansion includes new exhibit galleries, a large screen theater and a student education center, as well as an expansion of the second-level administrative space.
As the project is an expansion to a fully-operational museum, careful consideration went into avoiding any impacts to the existing exhibit galleries and administrative areas. When required to separate construction activities from museum operations, fire-rated temporary partitions were constructed.
After excavating 89,000 cubic yards of fill from behind the existing central gallery foundation wall and carefully demolishing existing large supply air duct/enclosure run on the exterior of the foundation wall, the team cut 19 35-foot-tall by eight-foot-wide openings in an existing 24-inch-thick concrete wall while minimizing dust, noise and impacts to the museum.
The project also required the Balfour Beatty team to interface closely with the artifact contractor to ensure the seamless installation of an F-18 and an M60 Patton tank during the construction phase.