Smithsonian Collections Space Framework Plan Published

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  • The Smithsonian Under Secretaries and Deputy Under Secretaries and the Collections Space Steering Committee distribute two reports from the "Smithsonian Collections Space Framework Plan." Part I: "Securing the Future for Smithsonian Collections" provides a summary, while Part II: "Smithsonian Collections Space Framework Plan: Complete Findings" provides the details. These reports describe the multi-year, highly collaborative, and interdisciplinary planning initiative conducted by collections and facilities staff from across the Smithsonian, charged by senior management to assess current collections space conditions and to recommend a framework plan for addressing current and projected Smithsonian-wide collections space requirements. The co-chairs of the committee were William Tompkins and Walter Ennaco.
  • The summary report is an excellent resource for informing donors, unit board members, Congressional members, and the general public about the significance of collections and the importance of optimal space to the efficient management and accessibility of Smithsonian collections. The complete findings report provides unit-specific and pan-Smithsonian qualitative and quantitative details of the Framework Plans findings and recommendations. Alone or combined, the reports present the needs and strategy for addressing existing and future collections space needs.
  • The Collections Space Framework Plan will serve as a flexible road map to guide short- and long-term facilities capital, real estate, and collections care projects, improving collections space in a pragmatic, strategic and integrated manner. Throughout this initiative, beginning with the establishment of the Collections Space Steering Committee, a diverse group of individuals from a variety of disciplines were brought together to conduct this important planning study. The Framework Plan would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication, and expertise of the Smithsonian Collections Space Steering Committee, unit points of contact, subcommittee members, and the team of consultants led by the architecture and planning firm of Ayers Saint Gross. The planning process was unprecedented and ground breaking, such as completing the first-of-its-kind survey of existing Smithsonian collections space, which totals more than 2.1 million square feet, or 18 percent, of total Smithsonian building space. It serves as a model for similar internal planning initiatives and for the museum profession at large.
  • The collections space planning initiative will strengthen Smithsonian collections stewardship, ensuring the long-term preservation and accessibility of Smithsonian collections. Smithsonian-wide participation and cross-disciplinary collaboration were key to the success of this initiative and will be critical during the implementation of the Collections Space Framework Plan.


  • Kurin, Richard 1950-
  • Miller, Scott E (Scott Everett)
  • Kress, W. John
  • Tompkins, William
  • Office of Facilities Planning and Engineering Services Engineering and Design Branch
  • Office of Facilities Services
  • National Collections Program
  • Collections Space Steering Committee
  • Smithsonian Collections Space Framework Plan Securing the Future for Smithsonian Collections
  • Smithsonian Collections Space Framework Plan Complete Findings
  • Ayers Saint Gross (Firm)
  • Undersecretary for Finance and Administration
  • Undersecretary for History, Art, and Culture
  • Undersecretary for Science


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Email Announcement 9/11/2015

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11 September 2015


  • Museum storage facilities
  • Storage facilities
  • Storage
  • Plant engineering
  • Museums
  • National Collections
  • Facility management
  • Facilities Planning
  • Museums--Collection management

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