Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Renovations, New York, NY

Brief Project Description:

The Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (CHNDM) was renovating its “Miller/Fox” building completely. The Miller/Fox building is part of the CHNDM located at 2 E. 91st St, New York City, New York. Originally a two 5-story townhome facing E. 90th St, constructed in the late 1800 & early 1900’s, they were purchased by the Smithsonian Institution (SI) and connected to each other and to the Carnegie Mansion building in the 1990’s. The 37,000 SF building was used to store the museum’s extensive collection of design objects. The purpose of renovation was to relocate most of the administrative functions and the design library, located in the Mansion into the renovated Miller/Fox building.

Work under this project included hazardous material abatement, structural upgrades of the first two Floors, and architectural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, and security renovations to accommodate the building’s new functions. The Project was designed to be constructed for a rating of Silver in accordance with LEED-NC version 2.2.

The historic restoration work included repair, restore existing ceiling décor with moldings, hardwood floor, marble fire places, existing wood windows and wall finishes.

Contract Value:



Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY

Project Completion:

August 2012