Summarize the project's program, features and achievements.
This 140,000 square foot award winning facility is home to close to 500 fully restored military vehicles, aircraft and naval vessels dating from current times back to 1897. The current displays have an emphasis on the American involvement in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In addition to historical vehicles, the building has a large vault room that houses a collection of historically significant firearms. The purpose of the museum is to honor the service and sacrifice of American veterans and to educate future generations. The museum was privately funded.
What obstacles were overcome related to the schedule, budget, program, specification, site, etc. on this project?
The building is located in Dubois, Wyoming which is a fairly remote location. Getting construction equipment and supplies to the area was a challenge. The design of the building began before the owner had engaged a museum specialist so there were a lot of late changes and modifications to fit the design program for the museum. High seismic requirements coupled with the desire to provide acoustical roof deck for the space added to the design complexity.
What is the potential for this project's impact on the community and/or environment?
The purpose of the museum is to honor veterans and to educate future generations on American war history. Creating a destination facility like this in a remote part of Wyoming could bring tourism and economic improvement to the area.
Dubois, WY 82513
TILT-UP TODAY MAGAZINE / PROJECTS IN THE NEWS