Archinect - News 2016-10-25T23:58:26-04:00 How long until Amazon conquers downtown Seattle? Justine Testado 2016-07-01T15:35:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T18:06:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When its spheres and three surrounding towers are completed, [Amazon] will have 10 million square feet of office space in Seattle, more than 15 percent of the city's inventory, on a campus that occupies more than 10 square blocks. That will provide space for Amazon to more than double in size, to 50,000 Seattle workers in the next decade...The spheres, designed by architecture firm NBBJ, are Amazon's boldest statement yet in the first project it's building from the ground up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ's biosphere design for Amazon Seattle HQ becomes even more organic</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine</a></p> This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine Alexander Walter 2016-05-06T15:15:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T11:13:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Seattle&rsquo;s&nbsp;Alaskan Way Viaduct sat free of cars&nbsp;overhead and drivers attempted to move around the city during the roadway&rsquo;s planned 2-week closure, a new drone video Tuesday showcased again what all the fuss is about.&nbsp;A view inside the&nbsp;SR 99 tunnel won&rsquo;t get much better than this until you&rsquo;re actually able to drive through it. [...] The 4-minute video captures what has been built behind nearly 1,600 feet of mining along Seattle&rsquo;s waterfront.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Bertha previously in the Archinect news: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook</a></p> Seattle celebrates opening of world's longest floating bridge Alexander Walter 2016-04-04T18:05:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:13:35-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sitting atop Lake Washington, the new State Route 520 is now the longest floating bridge in the world&mdash;beating its predecessor, the old State Route 520, by 130 feet [...]. This new bridge has stronger pontoons than the last one, and can withstand more buffeting from wind and waves. It also has a stormwater collection system, bus lanes in both directions, a path for bikes and pedestrians, and the capacity to someday accommodate a light rail system.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle builds village for the homeless</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle's proposed 101-story 4/C Tower considered as too tall by the FAA</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan Surface, the "humble pioneer" for socially responsible design</a></li></ul> BIG unveils moat-encircled stadium design for D.C. Julia Ingalls 2016-03-16T20:26:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T01:15:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The one thing that everybody's sort of excited about is this idea that the stadium is designed as much for the tailgating, the pre-game, as for the game itself,&rdquo; Ingels says in the 60 Minutes promo.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When sports fans think football, they think...moats? Although the proposed stadium for the still-offensively-named Washington Redskins hasn't officially found a site, team owner Dan Snyder is pushing for it to be located next to the&nbsp;Anacostia River, which would provide context for Ingels' moat, although this juxtaposition still leaves the purple moon unexplained.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More BIG news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">60 Minutes profiles Bjarke Ingels, the "Starchitect"</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Albright-Knox Gallery announces short list of firms for $80m expansion: Sn&oslash;hetta, BIG, OMA, wHY, Allied Works</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine unzips Bjarke Ingels' Pavilion and 4 Summer Houses</a></li></ul> DC in grid lock after unexpected Metro shutdown Nicholas Korody 2016-03-16T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-03-16T13:45:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After officials announced that Metro, Washington&rsquo;s subway system, would be shut down for 29 hours, riders began preparations for another problematic travel day in a city already well known for its cramped and sometimes dangerous train commutes. The controlled chaos began early Wednesday and will continue until 5 a.m. Thursday, affecting 91 Metro stations that provide 700,000 rides each day in the city and its suburbs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>DC residents took to Twitter and other social media to voice their frustration with the unexpected shutdown, which was prompted by an emergency inspection of some 600 electrical cables.</p><p>Residents have been left to face grueling traffic, delayed buses, or surge-priced Ubers. The Department of Transportation offered free, 24-hour use of Capital Bikeshare bike.</p><p>For other infrastructure news, take a look at some past articles:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">More details on Glendale's "freeway cap park" emerge</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li></ul> Where journalism neglects, public space suffers Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-09T15:42:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T23:18:52-04:00 <img src="" width="626" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Shady,&rdquo; &ldquo;unethical,&rdquo; &ldquo;secretive,&rdquo; &ldquo;robbed of our due process&rdquo; &mdash; these were just a few of the choice terms used by angry residents this past week at a packed City Council meeting about the selling of Pine Tree Park [in Kent, outside of Seattle, WA]. Longtime Seattle land-use attorney Rick Aramburu has another term for what happened: illegal. It&rsquo;s also a growing trend in the swath of cities around Seattle, places that no longer receive much scrutiny from the press. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s becoming a cancer"</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on recent (legal) park development:</p><ul><li><a title="A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks</a></li><li><a title="Talking parks with Adrian Benepe, senior vice president of The Trust for Public Land" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Talking parks with Adrian Benepe, senior vice president of The Trust for Public Land</a></li><li><a title="Transforming a garbage heap into a public park" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming a garbage heap into a public park</a></li><li><a title="Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities</a></li><li><a title="Healthy cities: How can architects and planners get us moving if we ignore warnings from doctors?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Healthy cities: How can architects and planners get us moving if we ignore warnings from doctors?</a></li></ul> Seattle's proposed 101-story 4/C Tower considered as too tall by the FAA Justine Testado 2016-01-06T14:05:00-05:00 >2016-01-08T12:57:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The proposed Fourth and Columbia Tower...would be a mixed-use office and residential tower rising up 1,111 feet above the street. It would be 101 stories, with two levels of retail shopping, four levels of above-grade parking, and six levels of office space. It would also play home to 350 hotel rooms, and 1,200 residential units...But being the tallest could be something [developer] Crescent Heights may not want to give up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest</a></p> Architect Paul Michael Davis shares his favorite pitstops around Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Justine Testado 2015-11-20T13:30:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:46:47-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way.&nbsp;How do designers experience their cities as locals?</p><p>The coastal city of Seattle, Washington is not as "sleepy" as some would assume. It's full of gems that the architecturally inclined traveler can appreciate &mdash; aside obvious landmarks like the Seattle Central Library, the Experience Music Project, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and of course, the Space Needle, among other tourist hotspots. Not too far away from the central downtown area is Capitol Hill. Never heard of it? No need to be a bespectacled, coffee-guzzling, plaid-sporting millennial to enjoy this part of town. Archinect reached out to locally based architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Michael Davis</a>, who shared some of his favorite spots around this charming neighborhood that non-locals might overlook.</p><p>Give Paul Michael Davis' "stops" a try the next time you venture out to Seattle, and you might discover something new about this part of the Pacific Northwe...</p> Callison and RTKL merge in hopes to "bring swagger back" to Seattle office, CEO says Justine Testado 2015-10-20T20:06:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:31:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Tuesday, Callison and architecture/engineering firm RTKL announced they have officially joined forces as CallisonRTKL...[CEO Lance] Josal said the merger is good news for both firms and 'especially for the Seattle office.' In talking to the firm's senior leaders, Josal said there has been 'a little bit of frustration on their part' because they felt the firm 'may have lost a bit of swagger locally' and wanted an owner that would invest in the firm...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARCADIS to buy Callison</a></p> Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest Nicholas Korody 2015-09-23T15:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T15:42:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seattle's tallest skyscraper is about to get a much taller neighbor. New information submitted to the city shows that the skyscraper planned for Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street will be 101 stories tall.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Move over LA, Seattle is reaching for the skies: the US Bank Tower may just get knocked off its throne as a proposed tower for Seattle is set to claim its spot as the tallest building on the West Coast.<br><br>The 1.2-million-square-foot building is slated for the west-side of 4th Ave, directly across from Seattle's current tallest building, Columbia Tower.<br><br>While the expected height in feet has not been released, the floor count exceeds the US Bank Tower's 73 floors, and comes close to that of the nation's tallest building, the 104-story One World Trade Center.<br><br>Plans for the building were filed earlier this year by Miami-based developer Crescent Heights. According to a statement, their aim is to create "an iconic building that redefines the skyline and changes the way we live, work and play downtown."</p> Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-27T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T18:44:44-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I was a little disappointed in the fire service,&rdquo; said Belles, standing on the charred hillside next to the dome in his semi-rural neighbourhood on the edge of town.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wildfires currently blazing in Okanogan County, Washington, have just broken the record for the biggest in the state&rsquo;s history. With fire season just getting underway and September looking hot and dry, the so-called Okanogan Complex fires will likely persist for months.</p><p>In Omak, a small town in the county nearly surrounded by the fire, many residents have already fled, forced out by the blaze or sickly thick smoke. But self-described &ldquo;inventor&rdquo; John Belles decided to stick things out in his self-made concrete dome house.</p><p></p><p>Surrounded by 12-foot high flames and extreme heat, Belles stayed in the house, unharmed (but toasty), until the fire around him had died down, leaving only charred vegetation behind. He told the Guardian, &ldquo;It was incredibly hot but the house did what it said it would do. They said it was nonflammable, and it was.&rdquo;&nbsp;The house was undamaged, save for a destroyed electricity box.</p><p>Belles built the home himself 15 years ago, knowing full well of the fire danger in the area ...</p> The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same" Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T15:19:05-04:00 <img src="" width="550" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are ways to bring elegance to 5 over 1 structures, but it requires a high degree of skill and commitment. Only a very talented designer can take such a limited palette of materials and make the resulting building interesting, if not elegant. But developers must be willing to hire those skilled designers. Many are simply not interested. [...] Hence, the wildly uneven &mdash;&nbsp;and often uninspiring&nbsp;&mdash; architecture in Seattle today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Similar tenor in other booming parts of the nation:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> $90K feasibility study proposed for Puget Sound bridge made from decommissioned aircraft carriers Justine Testado 2015-04-13T17:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:01:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The bridge, should it be built, would be about a mile long. It would span Sinclair Inlet, connecting Bremerton and Port Orchard, about 15 miles west of Seattle. Today, it&rsquo;s a 10-mile, often traffic-clogged, drive between the towns. Rep. Jesse Young, whose district includes these two towns, thinks using an old carrier or two would make a fine tourist attraction and tribute to the military.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook Justine Testado 2015-04-07T16:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T10:45:52-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Megaprojects almost always fall short of their promises&mdash;costing too much, delivering underwhelming benefits, or both. Yet...cities still fall for them, seduced by new technologies and the lure of the perfect fix. A mix of factors has given Seattle a particularly acute sense of angst. The project depends on a singular piece of engineering. And Bertha&rsquo;s building a highway for cars in a city where workers overcrowd buses and commuters wrap themselves in waterproof everything to bike in the rain.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bedecked with amusingly cutesy illustrations, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> tells the exasperating tale of the giant tunnel drill dubbed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bertha</a>, which began digging the new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle in summer 2013 to replace the current street-level Alaskan Way Viaduct and ideally clear up the city's waterfront for a park. Named after Seattle's only female mayor Bertha Knight Landes, Bertha is reportedly the world's biggest tunnel drill at five stories tall, built with a 25,000-horsepower motor, 260 steel teeth, and has an $80 million price tag.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Bertha near completion back in 2012 before its shipment to Seattle</em>.</p><p>But in December 2013 after digging through about 1,000 feet, Bertha's seals busted from increasing temperatures and grit clogged up its teeth, so, it broke. Debate amongst Seattleites ensued. What the hell will happen to Big Bertha now? The project was originally <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scheduled</a> to be done this November.</p><p>Last week, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington State</a>'s contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners safely haul...</p> Get Lectured: Washington State University, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-02-10T14:09:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:46:59-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="1005" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>The next featured poster comes from the Washington State University College of Design and Construction.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Unless noted, all lectures take place at 5 p.m. in Goertzen Communication Addition 21.</p><p><em>Feb 20</em><br><strong>Jaime Velez </strong>/ Director of Interior Design, SOM - Chicago<br>&ldquo;SOM Interiors&rdquo;</p><p><em>Feb 23</em><br><strong>Ric Peterson</strong> / Principal at Suayama Peterson Deguchi, Seattle<br>&ldquo;Space, Boldly Going Where&hellip;&rdquo;<br>at Fine Arts 5062</p><p><em>Mar 25</em><br><strong>Rhoda Altom </strong>/ President, Milestone Properties &amp; Development</p><p><em>Apr 6</em><br><strong>Stephanie Bower</strong> - Architectural Illustrator<br>&ldquo;Sketching to See &amp; Learn Architecture&rdquo;</p><p><em>Apr 7</em><br><strong>Shannon Nichol </strong>/...</p> About that troubled Seattle Tunnel – an interview with local advocate Cary Moon Archinect 2015-01-06T18:44:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T18:55:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If there&rsquo;s anything positive to emerge from the current mess, it&rsquo;s that local advocates like Cary Moon, who warned against building the tunnel in the first place, are commanding attention again. Moon recently took to the pages of the local alt-weekly, the Stranger, to argue that in light of the tunnel project&rsquo;s spectacular, slow-motion meltdown, the city should explore other options.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">In Seattle, a Sinking Feeling About a Troubled Tunnel</a></p> In Seattle, a Sinking Feeling About a Troubled Tunnel Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T13:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T23:02:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ancient Egypt endured plagues of locusts. Seattle has its tunnel, which over the last year has featured a series of setbacks and fiascos that, depending on one&rsquo;s outlook, can be the setup for a punch line, or an eye-rolling narrative of put-upon endurance. In the latest blow, project engineers said this week that 30 or more buildings in the historic Pioneer Square area [...] had unexpectedly settled, possibly because of water pumping related to the project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tom Kundig loses lawsuit against his Washington valley cabin Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-21T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T13:34:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="393" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The steel structure looms large from Midge Cross and Scott Johnston's back porch. And from the beginning they say Architect Tom Kundig and his partners ignored land covenants meant to prevent any ridgeline buildings that would be visible from below. "To me it was the extended third finger," said Cross. "Like, 'Up yours, Mazama, we can put this here and the heck with you guys.'"</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the fall of 2012, Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects built a private cabin on the picturesque ridge of the Methow Valley in Washington. Prior residents of the valley's Mazama community were miffed by the ruined view, and claimed that the cabin violated "protective covenants for visual consideration", established in 1987. They were joined by current property owners and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sued Kundig last year</a>. Kundig has now been ordered by the court to move the hut away from the ridgeline.</p><p>Kundig is no stranger to Washington, or off-grid cabin architecture &ndash; a native of Spokane, Kundig was educated and practices as an architect in Washington with Olson Kundig Architects, and his "Rolling Huts" offer modest camping lodges near Mazama. While Kundig hasn't offered any official comments on the case, his office did state that&nbsp;"Tom Kundig designed this cabin with the valley's natural elements and history as a priority. His aim has been to create a building that embodies the Pacific Northwest spirit of ...</p> Rescuing Washington's Skyline Jack Waterman 2014-10-20T17:10:00-04:00 >2014-10-23T21:00:25-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Clinging to antiquated urban notions, the District&rsquo;s building height regulations imagine a skyline filled with spires, domes and minarets.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The debate over the Capital's skyline should not pit preservationists against contemporary designers. In fact, regulations that take advantage of the rooftop space would contribute to the monumental character of the city.&nbsp;</p> Lawsuit Filed Against Architect Tom Kundig DianePham 2013-07-15T17:08:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T21:58:23-04:00 <img src="" width="537" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We never would have expected Tom Kundig to be embroiled in legal battle with a community of conservationists, but the characteristically eco-minded architect was slapped with a lawsuit a few weeks ago by residents of Methow Valley, WA. As it turns out, one of Kundig&rsquo;s newest construction, dubbed the Flagg Mountain Hut, protrudes into the viewshed of a pristine ridge in the valley... the community is not happy with the project and they&rsquo;ve launched a campaign asking the owners to move the hut.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architect Jim Olson, of Olson Kundig Architects, to design Museum of Art Archinect 2013-03-07T20:21:00-05:00 >2013-03-11T18:33:19-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The award-winning firm of world renowned Seattle architect Jim Olson has been selected to design the new Museum of Art at Washington State University.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> National Mall Design Competition Selects the Three Winning Teams Alexander Walter 2012-05-03T19:28:00-04:00 >2012-05-04T07:52:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the Trust for the National Mall announced the three winning teams of the National Mall Design Competition. [...] The competition winners are: Union Square: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol + Davis Brody Bond; Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds: OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi; Constitution Gardens: Rogers Marvel Architects + Peter Walker and Partners</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Opens in Washington Archinect 2011-08-26T00:43:15-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="591" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We don&rsquo;t even see his feet. He is embedded in the rock like something not yet fully born, suited and stern, rising from its roughly chiseled surface. His face is uncompromising, determined, his eyes fixed in the distance, not far from where Jefferson stands across the water. But kitsch here strains at the limits of resemblance: Is this the Dr. King of the &ldquo;I Have a Dream&rdquo; speech? Or the writer of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> One less free museum: Building Museum to begin charging admission Alexander Walter 2011-06-15T14:59:06-04:00 >2011-06-15T15:00:17-04:00 <img src="" width="240" height="179" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s difficult in this town to compete with the quality and price of the Smithsonian. DC is uniquely blessed with such incredible public museums that private museums often have to compete, and while they often do it incredibly well, it&rsquo;s tough to see one move from a free model to one supported by admission fees. The National Building Museum announced today that by the end of the month they will be charging an $8 fee for adults, and a $5 fee for children, students, and seniors.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>