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Newseum and Freedom Forum 

A monument to journalism and free speech, the 650,000-sf (60,000-sm) Newseum and Freedom Forum features a 2-story media wall and a glass façade, reflecting the principles of honesty and transparency. The 7-story museum contains galleries, an auditorium, technologically advanced black box broadcasting facilities and office and retail space. A defining 4,500-sf (420-sm) window wall and monumental stair was realized through LERA’s design of a unique truss system. Four below-grade levels are built with reinforced concrete, and a 16-in-thick foundation retains soil at the building’s perimeter.


In addition to gallery, office and retail space, the 7-story museum houses the 500-seat Annenberg Theater, which hosts both film screenings and lectures, panels and presentations, as well as the Knight TV Studio, a 2,800-sf technologically advanced black box broadcasting facility that seats up to 150 audience members.


Washington, DC 



Freedom Forum



Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership) 



Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence, 2009

American Council of Engineering Companies New York (ACEC NY)


Design Award of Merit, 2009

American Institute of Architects New York (AIA NY)


Merit Award, 2008

Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY)

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