I Spy

The new International Spy Museum under construction in Washington, D.C. (Photos: AISC)

AISC hosted 19 students from George Washington University for a post-SteelDay event exploring the new International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., today. The students were given a presentation that included an introduction to AISC, an overview of the project from the steel fabricator, SteelFab (an AISC member and certified fabricator), and a construction site tour of the project, hosted by the general contractor, Clark Construction. Students gained an understanding of how steel can be used to deliver innovative building projects and how the design and construction teams come together to meet expectations.

The museum is being built on top of the existing L'Enfant Plaza and will sit directly in front of its glass atrium. At 140,000 sq. ft, the new museum will more than double the Spy Museum’s current exhibit space while adding a rooftop event venue, more classrooms, and a place for temporary, changing exhibits. The steel superstructure will support a 60-ft glass veil suspended in front of an enclosed exhibition space, referred to as the "black box.” More than 1,500 tons of structural steel is being used for the project.

For more about the project and to see renderings, visit the Spy Museum’s website, here