Larry Beam has been elected to the board of trustees for the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
“I am very excited to be a part of this wonderful museum,” said Beam, managing director of WSP USA’s Arlington, Virginia property and buildings. “The museum’s commitment to advance the improvement of the built environment, and dedication to education and sustainability, align closely with WSP’s mission and values.”
The National Building Museum is a private nonprofit museum that educates visitors about the built environment and the impact of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture and design on their lives. Since opening in 1985, the museum has hosted exhibitions, educational programs and special events, sharing stories about the built world and its power to shape lives, communities and futures. Built in 1887, the historic former government pension building welcomes more than 500,000 visitors every year.
Permanent collections in the museum include architectural models, drawings, building photographs, tools, decorative plaster and interior design, as well as interactive hands-on exhibits for children.
The support of trustees plays an important role in helping the museum continue to be at the forefront of the innovative, forward-thinking ideas in the building industry. Beam joins representatives from firms in the building industry, including Gensler, Perkins + Will, Studios Architecture, Brookfield Properties, HDR, Turner Construction, and others with members serving on the 2018 board of trustees. WSP is a member of the capital council, the highest level of support for the National Building Museum.
“I am excited to have this chance to give back to a great Washington institution,” Beam said.
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Beam graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering, and has lived in Washington, D.C. region since 1978. He has 40 years of experience in building engineering design and project management.
Since joining WSP in 2013, he has played a role on several building projects.
He served as the principal-in-charge for the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches—a 160-acre baseball facility in Southeastern Florida that opened in 2017 and is the spring training home of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. WSP provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering and lighting design for the 6,440-seat stadium.
Beam also served as principal-in-charge for the Virginia Military Institute’s indoor training facility, where WSP provided MEP and fire protection services. The 199,000-square-foot building in Lexington, Virginia, includes an indoor track-and-field facility, obstacle courses, an indoor climbing wall and other training components. The facility was designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
In addition to Beam’s new role as a trustee, WSP recently supported the National Building Museum’s successful application for a grant from the United Engineering Foundation to develop a live-stream youth education series called Engineering Solutions. The series will target students aged 10-14 and will examine the built environment through the lens of various engineering disciplines. WSP will serve as a subject matter expert and resource for the series.
“It is a great honor to be named to the National Building Museum’s board of trustees,” “The mission of the museum is to inspire curiosity in the world we design and build. WSP’s depth of experience will make us a strong partner of the museum in pursuit of that goal.”