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Hirshhorn Museum

Washington, DC
  • Photo credit: TimothyJ / Flickr Creative Commons.

Designed by Gordon Bunshaft as “a large piece of functional sculpture,” the elevated cylindrical design of this modern art museum sets it apart from its traditional neighbors on the National Mall. Silman is currently performing design tasks and studies in preparation for an upcoming major modernization. Prior to this, Silman worked directly for the Smithsonian Institution to perform the following tasks:

Sculpture Garden Wall Investigation – Silman conducted a site and material investigation for evidence of material distress and of the exposed aggregate concrete walls, which have a history of significant cracking. After evaluating all available documents, Silman conducted a visual survey,  planned selective probes in concert with the curator for the outside sculptural exhibit space, and documented observed conditions with photography, notes, and sketches. Material testing revealed a lack of air entrainment in the original mix as the cause for deteriorating conditions. Silman developed measures for potential remediation and preservation schemes to reduce ongoing deterioration.

Exterior Repairs and Loading Dock Upgrade – Silman provided design services for the repairs and waterproofing of the museum balcony, modification and repair to the museum loading dock, relocation of the HVAC air intake, and exterior wall repairs to arrest water intrusion.

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