9/11 Tribute Museum

Manhattan, New York

Size: 18,000 square feet
Designers: Lee H. Skolnick Architecture and Design Partnership

Stories of Service and Recovery

Dedicated to telling the story of September 11th, 2001 and the aftermath, the 9/11 Tribute Museum presents 9/11 artifacts and connects visitors with survivors, family members, first responders, and Lower Manhattan residents, who share their stories of resilience, compassion, and service.

The 9/11 Tribute Museum is a project sponsored by the September 11th Families Association. The existing center moved from a temporary space, initially set up in 2006, to a larger, permanent exhibit. A budgetary design, finalized in stages, necessitated the start of fabrication without a completely set design, all within an historic New York City building.

Creative Construction and Installation

kubik maltbie was tasked with facilitating the engineering process to deliver an exhibit space that held true to the designers’ vision, while also meeting the budgetary guidelines established by the client. Finalizing the design in stages allowed production to commence without the complete design budget, thereby keeping the project on-track.

kubik maltbie’s contributions included fabrication and installation of custom casework, freestanding wall panels, hanging structures, interactive exhibitory, and graphics.

Time constraints as well as the age and location of the building presented many construction and installation challenges. Restricted building access required creative thinking about design, construction, and installation, resulting in exhibit components that were built modularly or small enough to fit through the front doors and be carried up several flights of stairs.

Thinking creatively to make building constraints work without compromising design, and working as an integrated team across all disciplines, resulted in a successful project.