VCIEF is partnered with the Science Museum of Virginia
The Virginia Construction Industry Educational Foundation is partnered with the Science Museum of Virginia on a unique project to build awareness of the many exciting and rewarding careers available in the construction industry.
The Science Museum is currently engaged in a construction project to change one of its galleries into a Speed exhibit. The “star” of this exhibit will be a SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest plane ever used by our military, hanging from the ceiling.
And while this sounds simple, it isn’t. The wingspan of the plane is wider than the room, thus it will need to be hung at an angle. And the length of the plane is such that it is nearly as long as the room -- which means, among other things, that a large opening in the back wall of the museum had to be made, and the plane disassembled, in order to bring it into the facility.
Additionally, the ceiling of the room wasn’t strong enough to support the 43,000 pound plane, so additional columns and cross members had to be added.
The project is scheduled for completion by this Summer.
In the meantime, working with AGC, the museum has structured a “workforce development exhibit” as part of the process in order to show middle school kids the construction process, to provide information on construction careers and to give them some hands-on experience to learn more about construction.
Thousands of middle school students visit the Science Museum on school field trips each year. Through this process, we are exposing them to a “live” construction project and giving them a chance to learn about careers in the construction industry.
We urge you to stop by the Science Museum to view the project the next time you are in the Richmond area.