Intrepid Visitor Center

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Overview

In 1982 The USS Intrepid opened her doors as The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, thanks in great part to the efforts of Zachary Fisher. It is the world's largest privately owned maritime museum, and honors The Intrepid's distinguished 30+-year service record, which included tours of duty in World War II and Vietnam, as well as service in the Mercury and Gemini space programs.

Vision

Build a new Visitor Center for the museum in time for its July 4th Millennium Celebration. We started in October 1999 with selective demolition, and completed the waterfront foundations by year's end. In January 2000 we erected the steel skeleton. The new Visitor Center, clad in metal panels and glass curtain walls accented by a blue fin wall, was complete by July 1.

Value

By repurposing existing materials, we integrated a quarter of the old brick building into the new design. We also installed a sidewalk barrier system as an extra safety measure upon completion of the project. Throughout the project, we ensured that the museum could maintain continuous operation and allow visitors full access to all exhibits.