The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum is a military history museum dedicated to the American experience in World War II. Opened on June 6, 2000, the 56th anniversary of D-Day, the museum was designated America’s official national WWII museum by the U.S. Congress and is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. The Museum features exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories.

When completed, the museum will consist of ten buildings. Altieri has been and continues to be involved in every phase of the project since 2004, including: Solomon Victory Theater (4D cinematic experience), US Freedom Pavilion (The Boeing Center), Campaigns of Courage Pavilion, and the Hall of Democracy. To facilitate campus expansion, a free-standing central plant building was constructed, designed to an eventual cooling capacity of 900 tons. Special attention was paid to building pressurization to minimize infiltration of untreated outside air. Emergency power is provided by a roof-mounted diesel generator. IT systems and infrastructure were also designed to serve the campus and will easily facilitate the multi-phased expansion. The Hall of Democracy includes two 900-square foot production studios with production control rooms and post-editing spaces. Production capabilities include transmission of TV and audio from large lecture spaces to production control rooms for playback. Work in progress includes audio-visual infrastructure supporting state-of-the-art lighting systems for the 150-foot tall Bollinger Canopy of Peace, near completion. Currently in construction is the Liberation Pavilion, the final pavilion of the group of buildings under the Canopy of Peace.

Images: Susan Fisher Plotner/Altieri

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Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Completion Date: Phases - 2009 to 2019

Architects: Voorsanger Architects PC

Altieri Services: MEPF