• Duration: 8 months

  • Location: National Mall

  • Owner: Smithsonian Institution

  • Architects: Architrave

The unique architecture of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian evokes the natural landscapes that shape Native cultures across the hemisphere. With a facade resembling a curved southwestern rock face, it is the only building in Washington, DC with no exterior corners. HSU replaced the existing fall protection systems to allow maintenance and cleaning to be performed safely between the curved layers of the facade, as well as interior fall protection measures.

Additionally, HSU installed a safety feature around the eye of the Potomac Dome at the museum’s center. The facade and dome are important structural references to the topography and orientation of the Native universe: HSU is proud to contribute to their ongoing preservation without disruption to the museum's valuable artifacts, special events, or the visitor experience.