Projects We Love: Independence Hall Visitor Center

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The front door of one of the most historical sites in the country is undergoing a major renovation. The Independence Visitor Center, in Philadelphia, welcomes millions of people from around the country and around the world who want to see where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed.

The center first opened its doors in November 2001, and since then has attracted 30 million visitors, or about 20,000 people each day! And after more than 15 years, it is ready for a facelift. Once the project is complete, the center will have new technology, renovated restrooms, an expanded gift shop, rooftop terrace, a new orientation and exhibit space and an improved gathering area for tour groups.

As a part of the 55-acre Independence National Historical Park, the Independence Visitor Center will remain open throughout construction, which is expected to take two years.

“This is the people’s place. They need amenities and a place to gather themselves, to be sure; but more importantly, they need a way to navigate the incredible richness of the Park, the city, and the region. That’s what the Visitor Center provides. People come from all over the world, and it provides a framework for the entire visitor experience.” — Rebecca W.Rimel, President and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts

Independence Hall Visitor Center Renovation Snapshot:

Total project cost: $15 million

Annual visitors: 2.5 million

Economic Impact: $200-$400 million annually

Phase 1: $6 million, includes a 3-story, 5,800 square-foot addition

Owner: United States National Park Service

Architect: SaylorGregg

General Contractor: BittenBender Construction

Mobilization Funding’s clients are doing their part to renovate the Independence Hall Visitor Center. What exciting new projects are you getting ready to bid on? Contact us today to see how we can help you achieve your company’s goals.

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