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Museum of History & Industry
A Special Feature of DJC.COM
Jan. 7, 2013
Photo courtesy of LMN Architects


Making a new home for history on Lake Union
The historic structure looks mostly the same outside,
at least where visitors can see.
But changes are all around.

By SAM MILLER
LMN Architects

Faced with a sloped floor, MOHAI crews rolled with it
The biggest challenge for the renovation was
how to make the building seem level to visitors.

By MIKE MORRIS
Sellen Construction

A history museum that also shows our present and future
Four two-story towers in the atrium house
some of the museum's more than 2,000 artifacts.

By AL SALM
Pacific Studio

MOHAI's unique exhibits deliver surprising facts in surprising ways
Touch-table interactives let groups
engage with history and ideas at the same time.

By ANDREA WEATHERHEAD
Weatherhead Experience Design Group

Photo courtesy of LMN Architects


Just the facts

Location: 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle

Armory construction: 1941-1942

Total cost: $90 million

Construction/exhibit costs: $45 million

Size: 54,000 square feet

Opened: Dec. 29

Admission: $14 adults; $12 seniors, military and students;
free for children 14 and under; free first Thursdays




The team

Ownerís representative: Seneca Group

Architect: LMN Architects

General contractor: Sellen Construction

Exhibit consultants: Pacific Studio; Weatherhead Experience Design Group

Civil/structural engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen

Mechanical engineer: CDi Engineers

Electrical engineer: Sparling

Mechanical contractor: Auburn Mechanical

Electrical contractor: Nelson Electric


Photo courtesy of LMN Architects

What's inside

Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium:
Interactive exhibits and
ceiling-mounted artifacts; four towers hold smaller exhibits

Upper floors:
Chronological exhibits of regional history; temporary gallery of traveling exhibits; other galleries highlight maritime history, community history and culture

Community spaces:
Educational center, gathering spaces, Compass Cafe, outdoor terraces, community gallery



Special section team

Section editor: Jon Silver

Section design: Jeffrey Miller

Web design: Lisa Lannigan

Advertising: Matt Brown



Sponsor:

MOHAI (www.mohai.org)


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