Since its founding in 1888, National Geographic has called the District of Columbia its home. Over generations the headquarters on 16th street and subsequent campus expanded to better serve their mission; “use the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world”. BASE CAMP is the next step in this evolution and includes a reimagined central plaza, new entry pavilion and an interior/exhibit renovation that transforms the existing quiet campus into vibrant and dynamic destination.
Currently under construction and delivering in late 2025, Tom Corrado, Associate Principal at Hickok Cole, will lead a panel that offers a sneak peek into several of the innovative solutions. The panel includes Mark Ramirez, Principal and Project Director at Hickok Cole, Colin Davis, Associate and Project Architect at Hickok Cole and Brian Lantz, Project Executive at Hitt Contracting.
It is not often that “wonder” is a requirement for a project team! In order to match the intent of National Geographic’s mission statement and to embody the spirt of exploration, education, and storytelling, the design and construction highlights multitude state-of-the-art building technologies, including a spectacular nighttime show on the building façade made possible by jumbo- size, electrochromic glass. To help with the overall spatial composition of the pavillion design in the plaza, the team used parametric modeling design technology in conjunction with a Solid Surface “eyebrow” to create a dynamic and balanced building façade.
Moderated by: Tom Corrado