Smithsonian Museum Support Center

  • Master Plan, Additions & Renovations
  • Suitland, MD
  • 2003 - 2011


The MSC complex of over 800,000 SF  is the gold standard in the US for collections care and storage.  Over the course of a decade, Walt led teams in master planning and 2 expansions – helping to define how to build on the legacy of preservation and access.  Of equal concern was the collections care spaces (quarantine through storage), collections research labs (conservation and scientific research) and a variety of storage environments (conventional, cold, ultracold and gaseous).



Working with Smithsonian collections managers, conservators, curators and facilities staff, new goals were set for better utilizing MSC as the center for the Smithsonian’s most complicated collections care challenges.  These included collections ranging monumentally scaled contemporary art with multiple materials, motion picture, sound recordings, meteorites in nitrogen, the world’s largest DNA collections, and fluid preserved natural history collections.


MSC has achieved new standards of care and continues to be a recognized standard of best practice for how museums can care for and access their collections.  The masterplan continues to direct subsequent projects which will continue through 2018

Led by Walt Crimm while Director of EwingCole Cultural Practice