The AIA|DC Awards Presentation was held December 16th to commemorate architectural design excellence from the Washington, DC area. QEA took home three awards from the event including an Award of Excellence in Historic Resources for the National Academy of Sciences, an Award of Merit in Historic Resources for the Sherman Building Reconstruction and an Award in Architecture for the Benjamin Franklin Museum.  

National Academy of Sciences

Quinn Evans Architects led the preservation and design for comprehensive rehabilitation, repair and upgrades to the National Academy of Sciences Building. The project integrated the conservation and preservation of the existing building while sensitively incorporating sustainable strategies and technologies. The design seamlessly integrated contemporary systems and engineering infrastructure within the historic fabric of the existing structure. All building restoration work was in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation. The project restored and improved the building’s historic envelope - including window refurbishment and replacement - upgrades interior spaces, increases accessibility, and revitalizes the building’s aging infrastructure and facilities. 

Sherman Building Reconstruction

Following damage from an earthquake in August 2011, Quinn Evans Architects designed the restoration of this Landmark. Work included extensive survey and assessment and subsequent design for repair and restoration of damaged and fallen stone. The heavily damaged tower was partially disassembled and reconstructed, and a new steel lateral reinforcement system was sensitively integrated. 

Benjamin Franklin Museum

Quinn Evans Architects led the renovation of the museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Benjamin Franklin which is located at Franklin Court in Independence National Historical Park. The museum is located underground below a steel “ghost structure” designed by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown for the Bicentennial which outlines the spot where Franklin’s stately brick home once stood. A modernized entrance pavilion at the courtyard level serves as an inviting entry point to the museum below where the comprehensive renovation provides a new setting for modern interpretation with state-of-the-art exhibits.