The Smithsonian Institution is committed to enlarging our shared understanding of the mosaic that is our national identity by providing authoritative experiences that connect us to our history and our heritage as Americans and to promoting innovation, research and discovery in science. These commitments have been central to the Smithsonian since its founding more than 155 years ago.
Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations
The Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations provides a safe, secure and quality built environment that enables staff to increase and diffuse knowledge and add to the enjoyment of our visitors. We work with a passion and diligence that will make us the model for providing and sustaining world-class cultural and scientific facilities.
Architectural History and Historic Preservation Division
The Architectural History and Historic Preservation Division (AHHP) was organized in 1986 to act as curator of the Smithsonian's diverse campus of buildings. In this role, AHHP strives to foster a superior understanding of the heritage of the Smithsonian buildings through preservation, research, and education. The many activities of this division can be separated into three primary areas of responsibility: (a) Architectural History (b) Historic Preservation, and (c) Collections Management.
Energy Management (EM) Group
The Energy Management Group oversees a $28 million federal utility budget and is responsible for the purchase of all utilities (Electricity, Natural Gas, Steam, Fuel Oil, Water and Sewer, and Chilled Water) for Smithsonian facilities worldwide.
Resources and Publications
- A/E Resource Center—The Office of Engineering, Design, and Construction A/E Center provides you access to the documents, design criteria, and Smithsonian Institution contact information that will assist you in performing as an architectural or engineering consultant.
- Smithsonian Construction Specifications
- Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibit Design
- Guidelines for Universal Design of Exhibits