American Revolution Museum at Yorktown200 Water Street
Yorktown, VA 23690
Design Achievement – The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown presents the history of the American Revolution within its regional context. DLR Group’s design evokes regional, 18th century architecture and relates the museum, specifically, to its architectural context in Yorktown, and generally, to the broader region of Virginia. The design reflects traditional features, such as gabled roofs; local grey/red clay brick; cupolas that provide natural light to the large, interior spaces; and porches and columns at the entrances. As is typical of agrarian estates in Virginia, the entry forms a two-story volume connected to compatible smaller volumes. The design supports the visitor experience by providing a logical and easy visitor flow. The site topography and relationship to the York River influence massing, and blocking and stacking of the program. The second-level meeting space allows dramatic river views; while, interior views take advantage of outdoor vistas of the historic farm and campground. Layout of the ceremonial plaza, car and bus circulation, event lawn, outdoor interpretive areas, and other site areas respond to program requirements and site constraints.
Scope Summary - This project encompassed 78,736 SF of interior space and 1,771 SF of exterior space. The museum comprises a new building (replacing three brick structures) organized on one floor with a partial lower level of support spaces and a partial mezzanine level. Major program elements include: two galleries for permanent and changing exhibits; a state-of-the-art, 200-seat theater that opens to the two-story lobby; curatorial support, including a library; an education wing with a separate group entry and five flexible classrooms; marketing and retail operations, including a gift shop and limited food service; interpretive services, including costume shop and dressing rooms; administrative area with offices and conference room; visitor services area; facilities work areas; infrastructure; and circulation. A self-contained loading dock and freight elevator area allows for secure load-in and load-out of exhibit artifacts. The project is targeting LEED NC Silver certification and features energy-efficient engineering systems. Lighting power densities were designed at 25% below ASHRAE 90.1 2004 requirements. DLR Group provided architecture, MEP, and structural engineering, interior design, museum planning, exhibit design coordination, architectural lighting (interior and exterior), audiovisual design, theater technical, and information transport design services.