Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is located on the National Mall, adjacent to the Washington Monument.  With 10 floors of interactive exhibits (5 above and 5 below ground), this museum is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African American experience.

Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, the nearly 400,000 square foot museum is prominently located next to the Washington Monument. This museum is the culmination of decades of efforts to establish a national museum that promotes the richness, diversity, and contributions of African American culture throughout our nation – and the world.

This building was certified as a LEED Gold Level building.

Scope of Work

Our team performed all of the base building and exhibit electrical work.  Two (2) 4000 amp draw-out switchgear line-ups provide 480 volt power for the facility.  It utilizes a network of over 100 miles of electrical conduit and nearly 400 miles of copper wire.  The emergency systems are powered by three (3) 400Kw natural gas generators and their associated paralleling switchgear.  Over 8,000 linear feet of Mineral Insulated (Type MI) cable distributes the emergency power throughout the facility.  The base building contains over 14,000 architectural lighting fixtures, an extensive network of lighting control and dimming systems, and a theatrical /stage lighting system for the theatre.

ArchKey Technologies teams installed a state-of-the-art, high-rise, multiplexed voice-evacuation Fire Alarm system, the Access Control, CCTV, and Intrusion Detection systems, as well as the Information Technology, and Audio/Visual system infrastructures.


Washington D.C.
, MD

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Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture