National Museum of the American Indian – Facilities Master Plan

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is part of the extensive complex of museums and research complexes that make up the 19-facility system. The museum is beginning its first master plan since the opening of the Maryland and Washington, DC facilities in 1999 and 2004, respectively. Langan provided site/civil and geotechnical engineering services for this project under Studio Gang, the master planner. Our team assisted in rewriting the strategic plan for NMAI in order to optimize the current physical space of the two locations, as well as the operating needs of the facilities. After identifying areas of concern within the project sites, Langan worked with the project team to engineer solutions to problems such ponding water, erosion of a wetland, and flooding.