Welcome to the

International African American Museum

Construction Project Website


Congratulations to our team and thank you to everyone involved in making the International African American Museum Project's Topping Out Ceremony a huge success! 

What a great milestone for the team!

Missed the topping out?

Check out the video of the ceremony below!

Check out everything currently going on at the project site below! Including our new aerial video!

International African American Museum in the NEWS!

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to view Webcam East

East View time lapse

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to view Webcam North

North View time lapse

About the Project

Located on the eastern edge of the Charleston peninsula at the former site of Gadsden’s Wharf, situated on (2.38) acres of land at Concord St. and Inspection St. adjacent to the Charleston Maritime Center. The project is new construction of a 41,760sf elevated building, containing 22,280sf of exhibit space and 10,175sf of support and research space on the main floor with a 7,610sf office/mechanical penthouse. The project includes significant landscape exhibits, site design, and fountain element on the 103,675sf site. The project is scheduled to open in late 2021. For more information please visit, https://iaamuseum.org/

Latest Fly Through Animation

Construction Updates

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  • Construction is continuing.

  • Brick is installed full height on the South elevation from steel line 11 to column line 3. Brick installation and scaffolding is continuing on the South from column line 3 to steel line 1 to the West.

  • North elevation brick is nearing completion and the is complete from steel line 11 to about Column line 2.

  • Fountain MEP rough-in is complete and the fountain bay fill has been installed and waterproofed.

  • Roof work is continuing. All the vapor barrier has been installed and the building is Dried-in. The GC will be working on Saturdays in the foreseeable future to make up for inclement weather delays to complete the tapered insulation and base-sheet roofing.

  • The Level 1 ceiling finish is being installed. Stucco accessories are installed and the base coat finish is being installed.

  • Level 2 MEP overhead and in-wall trade rough-ins are complete. Drywall hanging and taping continuing on Level 2 continue. Hardwood flooring.

  • Level 3 mechanical,  plumbing and sprinkler rough-in is complete. Electrical rough-in is continuing. Hardie-plank siding should be started next week.

  • Turner/Brownstone continues to conduct Covid-19 safety measures for the 85 workers on the  project this week. They are requiring all workers to have temperatures checked in the morning before entering the work area. They are also re-emphasizing the 6’ social distance requirement recommended by the government and will utilize face masks for close contact meetings and work activities.

  • The contractor has posted emergency numbers on the construction fences. There will be a number for contact during business hours and a number for afterhours alerts if a problem arises.

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