May 15, 2017
Smart Building Technology Selected as Systems Integrator for the Restoration of NGA Fountain!
Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art announced today that the Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain, situated at the apex of the Federal Triangle complex in downtown Washington, DC, will operate once again beginning March 17, 2016—the Gallery’s 75th anniversary. On September 25, 2015, the National Park Service transferred custody of the fountain and the surrounding triangular park, which are dedicated to Gallery founder Andrew W. Mellon, to the National Gallery of Art. The two-phase total restoration and renovation of the fountain and site is made possible by a major grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
To be unveiled on March 17, 2016, phase one of the project includes conservation of the three-tiered bronze fountain (which has not operated since 2008), revival of the original landscaping plan, and replacement of sophisticated mechanical waterworks that power the fountain jets and cascades. Phase two includes rehabilitation of the plaza and memorial bench around the fountain and will be completed in summer 2017.
“A gift to the people of the United States from Mellon’s friends and associates, the fountain was conceived as a tangible memorial to Mellon and his gift of the National Gallery of Art. This is an important site to the Gallery and we are delighted to accept the transfer of responsibility from the National Park Service, ” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. “We are very grateful for the generosity of the Richard King Mellon Foundation and their major leadership gift for the restoration and renovation of the site in honor of the Gallery’s 75th anniversary.”
The Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Fountain site comprises a circular fountain, a circular plaza around the fountain, a memorial bench, and the surrounding landscape. The site is approximately 23, 000 square feet (approximately 1/2 acre) and is bounded by Sixth Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, and Constitution Avenue NW. The fountain will operate from March through November, weather permitting. During winter months, the fountain will be off and will undergo routine maintenance by the Gallery’s object conservators and division of facilities management.
Smart Building Technologies is excited to be part of this project!
Other Exciting New Projects!
SmartBt is excited is start on several new and exciting projects during the summer of 2016! First, SmartBT is very excited to be part of the renovations to The University of Maryland’s Cole Field House. In addition, SmartBT is excited to be handling the building automation for the data storage sheds for multiple locations of Amazon. SmartBT is growing, and there are exciting things to come!