To address their collections storage challenges, the Smithsonian recently undertook a multi-year highly collaborative and interdisciplinary planning initiative, conducted by collections and facilities staff with the assistance of an architecture and planning firm, to transform the future of collections storage space. In this session you will get an overview of the planning process, see the methodologies utilized, and explore the resulting outcomes. You also will learn about strategies and techniques applicable for other cultural institutions seeking efficient, sustainable collections space for the future, including renovations to collections processing and storage space within existing buildings and construction of new stand-alone collections facilities.

Facilities Management track generously supported by MGAC


  • Walt Ennaco


  • Carol Butler
  • Karen Garlick
  • Ann Trowbridge
  • Luanne Greene