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   Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building




Washington, DC

The A&I Building, which opened in 1881 as the U.S. National Museum, closed in January 2004 to undergo a structural review and extensive renovation.

“The Arts and Industries Building has always been about celebrating innovation and progress, and it has been one of my goals to reopen the building and return it to that purpose,” said Wayne Clough, Smithsonian Secretary. “Through this collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we will create a program that not only celebrates American ingenuity, but also reflects the 21st century expectations of our visitors.”

Tasked with such meticulous details and expectations, Prospect Waterproofing Company turned to Merchant & Evans to work with them to meet the expectations of everyone involved with the project!

First, the architect wanted to maintain the look of the original roofing material but to enhance by specifying 20 Gauge Stainless Steel Material.  They also specified two different panel profiles so they could maintain the look they desired as well as protect the integrity of the building. Merchant & Evans was able to provide our ZIP-RIB® structural standing seam panel system in a 500mm width, with a non-standard 4 pencil ribs as well as our 1.5” ZIP-LOK structural standing seam panel system in a 482mm width with a completely flat panel.