Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing engineering, construction, service and energy service solutions, was recently awarded the Museum of the Bible project located in downtown Washington, DC. In addition to Southland, the design-assist project team includes SmithGroupJJR and Clark Construction.
Southland will perform mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection services for the project, which involves renovating the existing, eight-story Washington Design Center building that was built in 1922. Totaling 460,000 square feet, the completed facilities will include exhibit space, ground floor accessory retail space such as a gift shop and food service, additional space for affiliated museum exhibitions, library resources, meeting space, and guest rooms for visiting scholars. The non-sectarian museum will focus on the history and impact of the Bible with a core collection of more than 40,000 biblical antiquities and rare biblical texts and artifacts.
With a goal of LEED Silver, the project is currently in the design phase and expects construction to begin in the spring of 2015. Overall project completion is anticipated by August 2017.