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USGBC-VA Dewey Gottwald Center at the Science Museum of Virginia Tour

  • Dewey Gottwald Center, Science Museum of Virginia 2301 West Leigh Street Richmond, VA, 23220 United States (map)

This course will be approved for 1 GBCI and AIA CEU

The Science Museum of Virginia is a premier hub for hands-on education in Virginia. Designed for children 8 to 14 years old, the public museum is an important tool in the State’s effort to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. It also hosts visiting exhibitions from around the world.

In 2013, the Museum launched a campaign to reinvent itself with building renewal and exhibit updates. The renovation project included the addition of this new 18,000 square foot multi-purpose event center which accommodates more than 1,000 guests for cultural, educational, commercial, and social events such as lectures, banquets, and weddings. The building was certified LEED NC v 2009 Gold in March 2018. The final design achieved 28% energy reduction over baseline, well above the initial target of 14%.

Sustainable MEP features include:

  • Zoned HVAC systems to accommodate movable partitions

  • Demand-controlled ventilation to reduce energy use during periods of low occupancy

  • Power and data outlets arranged in an array at floor level and above the ceiling to provide flexibility for a variety of A/V systems and configurations


Bo Fairlamb, Quinn Evans Architects

Bob Crowell, PE, Vice President, 2rw Consultants, Inc.

Keith Poeppel, PE, Project Manager, 2rw Consultants, Inc.

Fee: $5 for members and students, $15 for nonmembers