"We anticipate that our audience will significantly increase insize over the coming decade, and changing audience needs andexpectations may require significant changes to our current use ofspace on public floors," reads a listing of the request forproposals from the Smithsonian.

The museum wants a plan to guide future development that willorient visitors physically and intellectually towards the museum.It wants improved signage, larger and more flexible exhibitionspace for state-of-the-art displays and multimedia technology, andbetter positioning of its retail space and location of classrooms.To create a more engaging public appearance, museum officials wantto improve its exterior and fountain. Building systems such aslighting, HVAC, security and adaptive network infrastructure alsoneed work. The plan will also need to identify spaces for twofuture exhibitions, each 18,000 to 20,000 sf large.

With future exhibits awaiting this project, work will need to becompleted within six months of the Smithsonian giving notice. Themuseum is eligible for listing on the National Register of HistoricPlaces.

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