National Law Enforcement Museum

Telling the Story of American Law Enforcement
Location: 
Washington, D.C.
Client: 
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Architect: 
Davis Buckley Architects and Planners
Contract Value: 
$46,000,000
Size: 
57,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
2018
Certification: 
LEED Silver (targeted)
Sector: 

The National Law Enforcement Museum is a natural extension of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, also constructed by Clark in 1991. The museum will be a place where all Americans can honor, remember, and learn about the hardworking heroes who keep us safe and provide the backbone of our democratic society.

Clark is constructing three below-grade levels and two street-level pavilions, totaling 57,000 square feet, between three existing court buildings. Temporary ramps and a wheelchair lift will be installed to maintain access to the court buildings prior to the demolition of an existing areaway shaft attached to one of the court building. Once demolition is complete, the project team will install underpinning pits and rebuild the areaway shaft in tandem with the museum. Drilled-tangent piles also will be utilized to secure the site from its sandy soil conditions and prevent movement of the adjacent buildings.

The museum’s two glass-façade-domed pavilions will rise 25 feet above street level and act as entryways to the museum. The planned exhibits will trace the history of law enforcement in the United States. Artifacts displays will include Al Capone’s bullet-proof vest and a badge belonging to Pat Garret, the lawman who killed Billy the Kid.

The museum is pursuing LEED Silver certification.

Clark Foundations and Clark Concrete is performing support of excavation and structural concrete on the project.

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