A rendering of the Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island — Courtesy: DeSimone Consulting Engineers
By Joshua Burd
A design and engineering team is marking a milestone in the construction of a new 26,000-square-foot Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island.
DeSimone Consulting Engineers, one of the firms working on the project, said recently that crews had topped off the new museum by raising its final structural beam. The ceremony came a little more than a year after the groundbreaking for the project, which is slated to open in 2019.
DeSimone Consulting designed the cultural center alongside FXFOWLE and ESI Design. The firms worked closely with the National Park Service and the Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation to help create the new facility.
In addition to an indoor museum, the new 26,000-square-foot center will include a sprawling outdoor plaza and a rooftop terrace with views of the Manhattan skyline, according to a news release. When complete, the structure is projected to achieve LEED Gold certification.
“We have been honored to work on this project and to advance this important cultural center,” said Stephen DeSimone, CEO and president of DeSimone Consulting Engineers. “When completed, the development will serve as an extension for one of New York City’s most historically significant structures with a focus on sustainability, public engagement, and modern design.”