The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and Crosstown Concourse, located at the 1.5-million-square-foot former home of the Sears distribution center in Memphis, Tennessee, won 2019 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture.
WJE was the waterproofing consultant for the interior contemplative space at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Water emanates at the roof level of the contemplative court, flows down a sloped stone wall, and falls approximately 20 feet into a pool that is accessible to museum patrons.
Additionally, WJE served as the engineer of record for the parking garage and facade rehabilitation as well as the architect of record for the roofing at Crosstown Concourse. The large-scale, mixed-use redevelopment project includes restaurants and retail businesses, a small grocery, a fitness center, health clinics, a charter high school, a contemporary art center, commercial offices, and 265 loft-style apartments.
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