WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the selection of Northstar Contracting, a Cleveland company, to construct the curtain wall exterior of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open in 2016. The contract for the project is $41 million. The exterior will largely be constructed and assembled in Northstar’s shop in Cleveland, before being shipped to Washington, D.C. to be mounted on the museum.
“I applaud Northstar Contracting for securing this project,” Brown said. “Its selection to work on this historic museum reflects the skill and drive of Ohio’s construction industry.”
Northstar Contracting was founded in 2006 by Stephen Coleman and his wife, Pam Coleman, both retired veterans. The company employs nearly 40 Ohioans and has completed projects for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Army Corp of Engineers, NASA, Cleveland State University, and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.
“I am extremely honored and proud to be a part of this historic project,” Stephen said. “Not because I am a minority but because I am an American and this museum showcases a tremendously important aspect of our American culture.”