Since construction began on the building at 300 D Street SW in February of this year, Clark Construction has removed non-friable asbestos that was embedded in the mastic, removed every other floor, and is in the process of restoring the historic brick facade.
The 430,000-square-foot building was previously used as a refrigeration warehouse and was built in 1923. When construction is complete, the
$800 million $400 million Museum of the Bible will be about 12 stories high, but will only have eight levels with ceilings approximately 20 feet high. Six of the floors will be above-grade with ceiling heights varying on some levels.
Clark Construction will construct a two-story zinc-and-glass volume shaped like an ark on top of the building. There will also be a 500-seat performing arts center, ballroom, and special events gallery that will overlook the National Mall. The three main exhibition floors will be dedicated to the Bible's impact, narrative, and history. They will house some 40,000 Biblical artifacts collected by the President of Hobby Lobby Steve Green, including cuneiform tablets and fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls.
A one-story addition will also be added to the adjacent Washington Office Center for offices, classrooms, and residences for visiting scholars. A connection between the two buildings will be constructed, but the Museum of the Bible's floor in the Washington Office Center will be closed off to the public.
According to Vice President of SmithGroupJJR David Greenbaum, the project is on track to complete on time by 2017. No renderings have been released yet on what the exhibitions inside the museum will look like.
Below, you'll find photos that Curbed DC took while on a tour of the Museum of the Bible construction site.
[UPDATE: According to Vice President of SmithGroupJJR David Greenbaum, the earlier reported project cost of $800 million includes the museum's programs as well as the construction. The newly reported number reflects only the cost of the construction.]
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