John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Memorial Interpretation Atrium Renovation and JFK Exhibit

Project at a Glance

Washington, DC


Kieran Timberlake Associates, LLP

Project Type


Project Overview

  • Reconfiguration of the Center’s atrium to support flexible exhibit capabilities including immersive audio/visual experiences
  • Extensive demolition of concrete slab and existing insulation above theatre space requiring strategic dust mitigation
  • All work managed within the occupied performing arts building open to the public

A cultural hub connecting artists across disciplines with millions of spectators each year, the JFK Center for the Performing Arts is the United States National Cultural Center and serves as a memorial to President John F. Kennedy. To further honor John F. Kennedy, a portion of the Center’s main atrium is being reconfigured into a museum-like exhibit centered around the lasting impact of the former President.

The upgraded area—spanning from the building’s North Foyer to South Foyer— will serve as a flexible space, hosting interactive exhibits, receptions and small performances. Project scope requires mechanical, electrical and infrastructure upgrades associated with the new exhibit and AV equipment, including a new acoustical ceiling with organized systems, increased audio/visual capabilities, non-structural column removal and upgraded HVAC.