National Museum of the U.S. Army Wins ENR Regional Best Projects Award

Draper Aden Associates is honored to announce that the firm is part of the design/build team that received an Engineering News-Record Regional Best Projects Award for the National Museum of the United States Army. Located at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia, the museum serves as a center for education and as the Army’s symbolic front door.


ENR recognized the museum as the Mid-Atlantic’s top project in the Cultural/Worship category. This high honor is a testament to the museum’s significance and the design/build team’s impressive work.

Draper Aden served as the site and civil engineer for this project, providing a number of services, including surveying, mapping, geotechnical studies, and stormwater management. Judges highlighted the firm’s innovative approaches to address challenging site design and development as well as stormwater management. Other key design/build team members included Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) as the lead architect and structural engineer and Clark Construction Group as the general contractor.

Clark, Draper Aden, and SOM all collaborated closely with the Army Historical Foundation to deliver an awe-inspiring museum that is worthy of the U.S. Army’s distinguished legacy.


The National Museum of the United States Army is the first museum to tell the story of the oldest branch of the United States military. As the Army’s premier national landmark and a technological marvel, the museum includes the latest advances in exhibit space and a theater featuring a 300-degree screen. The main building, a LEED Silver-certified, 185,000-square-foot structure clad in stainless steel, is designed in a series of five pavilions for specific functions—particularly exhibits and special events. Throughout several floors of exhibition spaces, it displays selections from 15,000 pieces from the Army Art Collection as well as 30,000 artifacts, documents, and images. The vast majority of these rare and priceless artifacts have never been seen by the American people. Sitting on 84 acres, the museum campus is expected to welcome an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 visitors every year.


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