Superstructure of the National Museum of African American history and culture

Rebecca Laberenne, Guy J.P. Nordenson, Erich Oswald, Ninoslav Krgovic

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The five-story above-grade structure of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, USA, features a number of unusual elements, including composite steel and concrete shear walls, a system of cantilevered and perimeter belt trusses, a glass and perforated cast metal façade hung from the top of the building and a longspan free-standing steel entrance canopy, all of which presented both technical analysis and construction challenges for the designers and contractors. The design intent and analysis of these elements is described in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-460
Number of pages7
JournalStructural Engineering International: Journal of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


  • Blast loading
  • Cantilever
  • Composite shear wall
  • Plate girder
  • Steel truss
  • Vibration


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