Founded in 1970, the Science Museum of Virginia has become the premier hub for hands-on education in Virginia. This public museum, which is housed in the concourse of a historic train station in the state capital, hosts more than 300,000 visitors each year. It is an important tool in the State’s effort to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to 8- to 14-year-olds.
In 2013, the Museum launched a campaign to reinvent itself with building updates and more than 50 new exhibits including its ground-breaking “Speed” exhibition, inviting visitors “to the intersection of motion and time across a world of science and technology applications”. Speed features a 170-foot SR-71 Blackbird supersonic jet suspended from the ceiling, which posed a host of challenges for the design and engineering teams.
2RW was selected to provide MEP/FP engineering design for this project. The complexities of the exhibit and location of the aircraft required innovative solutions for the placement and installation of MEP/FP systems. Our work included:
2RW considers it a great privilege to help the Science Museum of Virginia accomplish its mission to “inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science.”
OWNER: Science Museum of Virginia
TIMEFRAME: 2012 – 2016
SIZE: 11,000 SF
COST: $2.9 million