MGAC served as Exhibit Project Coordinator for the fabrication and installation of 12 themed exhibition spaces totaling 100,000 SF at the Smithsonian’s newest museum. MGAC was a subcontractor consultant to, and representative for the Exhibit Fabricator. MGAC’s primary role was to ensure that exhibit installation was coordinated with on-site construction work, and that overall construction activity did not hinder the Client’s ability to complete their work.
The museum features eight levels of gallery and auditorium spaces which showcase 600 years of African American history. The building also features a series of quiet reflection spaces and video booths where visitors may record their own stories. Galleries house a number of original artifacts, including a slave cabin from South Carolina and a restored segregated rail car, interactive audiovisual systems, graphic wall panels, theaters, and approximately 500 archival display cases housing 3,000 artifacts.
The team was careful to meticulously plan around large artifact installations like the Tuskegee Trainer Plane, which occurred during critical construction activities. Specific solutions included building large protective enclosures around artifacts and working through elaborate installation and equipment relocation sequences in coordination with the general contractor.