County Executive Celebrates National Children€s Museum at National Harbor

Courtesy of Prince George€s County | 5/7/2009, 1:27 a.m.

€For an institution like the National Children€s Museum to come to Prince George€s County is an incredible and unique opportunity for all of us to become children again,€ Johnson said. €I can€t think of a better priority to provide resources than for something that people all over the world will visit and benefit from.€

The NCM is slated to open in 2013. According to the county, the NCM serves as a physical demonstration of its mission to inspire children to care about and improve the world. The NCM€s new 150,000 square-foot, LEED-certified building will serve as an active teaching tool, highlighting the accomplishments of children; using recycled and sustainable materials; and celebrating the natural environment. The space boasts an outdoor courtyard, wind turbine, green wall faade, and glass arrival area.
With its unique mission, the NCM strives to teach children how to become informed, active citizens. The NCM€s eco-friendly building provides another means to demonstrate the museum€s commitment to children and the planet.

Through its new space, the NCM will encourage and foster an understanding and love of nature; champion outdoor play, in the Museum courtyard and beyond; and encourage the use of natural materials to foster connections to the environment, helping kids become better stewards of the earth.

The Museum plans to incorporate a number of green features in the new building, including:
  • A Wind Turbine: The building€s wind turbine, a symbol of NCM€s commitment to sustainable and renewable energy, will be a source of power.
  • A Sun Reflector: A series of reflective panels on the roof of the arrival space will reflect sunlight, minimize artificial lighting, and reduce energy loads during the day.
  • A Living Wall: The Museum€s south facing faade features a cable and tray system to support a framework for a living, green wall. The Living Wall will shade the building from the bright, hot southern sun, helping to cool the building and reduce energy demands.
  • A Green Roof: A green roof system will provide for sedums and small scale planting, absorb rainwater, reducing storm run off, improve thermal insulation, and reduce the €heat island€ effect.
  • Recycled Materials: The new Museum will use recycled structural steel and some recycled brick from demolished buildings.
When completed, the new NCM will house exhibits, programs, and resources designed to spark the imagination and celebrate the power of children and their families. Interior exhibits will highlight six core content areas: the environment, health and well being, play, civic engagement, the arts, and world cultures and will be created by three prominent design firms: Amaze Design, Roto Studios, and Aldrich Pears. The Museum is projected to attract 600,000 visitors annually.