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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • Master Space Program & Offsite Facility Master Plan
  • Washington, DC
  • 2004 - 2006 & 2010


After a working on a space master plan and implementing projects over a 5 year period from 2003 – 2008, the USHMM again decided to work with Walt to study how to ‘decompress’ their landmark site and consolidate various functions including collections and collections support offsite.   With real estate advisors on the team, a new support facility was sized, budgeted, with options for location based on various cost pro-forma and security considerations.


Working with staff as well as understanding trends in collections needs allowed the team to develop a space program, cost model, and a set of criteria for selecting a site based on current and future growth.  The challenge of making the case for an ‘invisible’ facility with donors required careful crafting of concepts of access while maintaining the focus on project goals:  decanting the landmark site in downtown DC with a facility that could be built to the highest standards at a reasonable cost.


The success of the plan allowed the Museum to build a case for support raising funds over a 2 year period to embark on design of a new support facility.

Led by Walt Crimm while Director of the EwingCole Cultural Practice