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Tending and Mending the Smithsonian

  • Who is responsible for the planning and management of the Smithsonian's extensive facilities and gardens, as well as the care for collections, visitors, volunteers, and staff?

The Smithsonian Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations (OFEO) builds, operates, and maintains Smithsonian facilities and grounds around the National Mall and beyond. One branch of OFEO is the Office of Facilities Management and Reliability (OFMR), which consists of painters, plasterers, electricians, horticulturists, building service workers, experts in HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning), and more. Other branches of OFEO include the offices of Protection Services; Design and Construction; Planning and Project Management; and Safety, Health and Environmental Management. Staff members in these offices work together to ensure a safe, secure, clean, and healthy environment that enhances the Smithsonian experience.

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June 24-28

All activities are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall

Thursday, June 24 Friday, June 25 Saturday, June 26 Sunday, June 27 Monday, June 28
  • Architectural History and Historic Preservation
  • Horticulture
  • National Zoological Park
  • Office of Exhibits Central
  • Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability Green Team
  • Office of Protection Services
  • Plumbing
  • Smithsonian Enterprises: Smithsonian Sustainability Display
  • Horticulture
  • National Zoological Park
  • Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability Green Team
  • Office of Protection Services
  • Plumbing
  • Smithsonian Enterprises: Smithsonian Sustainability Display
  • Horticulture
  • Masonry
  • National Zoological Park
  • Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations/Office of Project Planning and Management
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability Green Team
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing Cart Display
  • Horticulture
  • National Zoological Park
  • Office of Exhibits Central
  • Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability Green Team
  • Plumbing
  • Smithsonian Enterprises: Smithsonian Sustainability Display
  • Horticulture
  • Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability Green Team
  • Office of Protection Services
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing Cart Display
  • Smithsonian Enterprises: Smithsonian Sustainability Display

July 1-5

Thursday, July 1 Friday, July 2 Saturday, July 3 Sunday, July 4 Monday, July 5
  • Horticulture
  • National Zoological Park
  • Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability Green Team
  • Office of Protection Services
  • Plumbing
  • Smithsonian Enterprises: Smithsonian Sustainability Display
  • Systems Reliability
  • Horticulture
  • National Zoological Park
  • Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability Green Team
  • Zoo Animal Crates, Capture and Transport
  • Horticulture
  • Masonry
  • National Zoological Park
  • Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability Green Team
  • Horticulture
  • Life Safety
  • National Zoological Park
  • Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability Green Team
  • Smithsonian Enterprises: Smithsonian Sustainability Display
  • Horticulture
  • Masonry
  • Museum Fire protection
  • National Zoological Park
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability
  • Office of Facilities Management and Reliability Green Team