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  The National Civil War Museum®, Page 26The National Civil War Museum® 
Hayes Large Architects
321 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Total Square Feet:
Construction Period:
Aug 1999 to Feb 2001

Construction Team
STRUCTURAL/Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: J.W. Skaggs Construction Company, Inc. - 17 N.E. 27th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Construction Manager/Cost Estimator: Sturm Engineering - One N.W. 64th, #A, Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Exhibit Planning Consultant: Darr & Collins, L.L.C. - 3232 W. Britton Road, #277, Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Food Facilities Design Consultant: Pre-Construction Services, Inc. - 2512 West I-44 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Landscape Architect: Pre-Construction Services, Inc. - 2512 West I-44 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

The National Civil War Museum, envisioned by Mayor Stephen Reed as a contribution to present and future generations of American citizens, is sited on the highest point in the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Funded by a $16.2 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in addition to other public and private monies, the Museum provides a complete picture of the American Civil War from pre-conflict to post-war western expansion, with extensive exhibits on both the Union and Confederate war efforts.
The two-story, 66,500-square-foot facility, designed by Hayes Large Architects, is modeled after mid-19th Century architecture with a brick facade, plazas, overlooks and a grand cupola rising 80 feet into the air above Harrisburg. The museum is surrounded by the bucolic rolling hills of a 90-acre park with large open areas to allow for hosting re-enactor parades, drills, encampments and re-enactments. The building is linked with an entry space named “Lincoln Circle” where visitors either enter the museum or go through the building to the parade grounds. The parking area is situated on a lower level so that vehicles are not visible from the museum – maintaining the ambiance of a different time and place.
Since its official opening on Lincoln’s birthday in February 2001, the museum has drawn visitors from all over the United States and several foreign countries. It houses a 2,200-square-foot gift shop, a cafeteria, two multi-purpose rooms for meetings and private functions, offices, climate controlled storage/archival areas and public amenities. The exhibit area is designed to be an experience of the war, rather than just a view of it. Exhibits are dramatically lighted with voices and music surrounding the visitor as one travels through the war from beginning to end.
An internationally recognized attraction, The National Civil War Museum houses the nation’s largest collection of Civil War artifacts. It is the only museum in the United States that attempts to portray the story of the Nation’s Civil War by offering equally balanced presentations that are humanistic in nature without bias to Union or Confederate causes.
Due to the aggressive construction schedule, a cooperative agreement to fast track the project was made and the project was divided into twenty-one prime contracts, starting with site preparations and completing with furnishings. Having achieved the challenge presented, the final result is a timeless, durable and functional Museum that provides an appropriate venue for honoring and remembering those who died for the America we have today.

DIV 04: Brick: Glen-Gery.
DIV 07: Metal Roofing: Merchant & Evans.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer; Bronze Doors: Dawson.
DIV 09: Trim: Fypon; Interior Column Covers: Formglas.
DIV 14: Elevators: Thyssen.

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