The Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center & Smith Education Center
Architects & Firms
Completion Date: November 2008
Owner: The Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Program: A 41,930-square-foot green visitor’s center for a World Heritage Site.
Design concept and solution: Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners were challenged with the task to comfortably accommodate 450,000 annual visitors on a site that houses the only home in the United States dedicated as a World Heritage Site: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. To embody Jefferson’s architectural principles without overwhelming his building, the architects worked to create a visitor’s center that rests lightly upon the topography. The addition includes classrooms, a theater, gallery exhibitions, a hands-on discovery room for families, a cafe, museum shop, and ticketing facility. Organized around a green-roof courtyard, the building has been awarded LEED Gold certification.
Gross square footage:
41,930 sq. ft.
562,099 sq. ft.
Total construction cost:
Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners
1040 Hull Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Project Director: Sandra Parsons Vicchio, AIA LEED AP
Project Manager: Robert S. Claiborne, AIA LEED AP
Project Designer: Glenn Neighbors, AIA LEED AP
Structural: CVM Engineers, Inc., Wayne, PA
Mechanical/Electrical: Mueller Associates, Baltimore, MD
Retail Design: Eileen Ritter and Associates, Washington, DC
Food Service Design: Savoy-Brown Foodservice Consultants, LLC, Jessup, MD
Lighting: Hefferan Partnership Lighting Design, Boulder, CO
Acoustical: Stewart Acoustical Consultants, Raleigh, NC
Audiovisual Design: Avitecture, Inc., Sterling, VA
Code Consultants: Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc., Laurel, MD
Cost Consultant: DMS International, Inc., Kensington, MD
Exhibit Design: Staples & Charles, LTD, Alexandria, VA
Metcalfe Architecture & Design, Philadelphia, PA (Exhibit Designers, Discovery Room)
CAD system, project management, or other software used:Revit
Metal doors: Hollow metal service doors
Wood doors: Spanish cedar finished doors by Algoma Hardwoods Inc.
Special doors (sound control, X-ray, etc.): Overhead Door Corporation; Operable Folding Partition - Skyfold Folding Door, Inc.
Suspension grid: Armstrong
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Cavanaugh Cabinets, Charlottesville VA
Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams; Cabot (Exterior)
Plastic laminate: Wilsonart
Special surfacing: Corian Countertops
Floor and wall tile: Daltile
Resilient flooring: Forbo Linoleum
Polished Concrete: LM ScofieldFurnishings:
Office furniture: Herman Miller; Steelcase
Reception furniture: Herman Miller
Chairs: Leland, Davis
Tables: Howe and AK Metals Custom Fabrication
Upholstery: David Edward
Other furniture: The Museum Stool
Downlights: Edison Price
Exterior: Vision 3 Lighting
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