Planet Word Museum

Planet Word is the only museum in the country dedicated to renewing and inspiring a love of words and language. Located in the historic Franklin School on the corner of 13th and K Streets in downtown D.C., Planet Word opened in 2020 as a new kind of interactive and self-guided museum. Using the museum’s state-of-the-art technology, visitors determine their experience through their own words and choices. Planet Word is a bold and imaginative response to the life-long importance of literacy and to the challenge of growing a love of language.

Planet Word is a private, non-government museum, supported primarily by the generosity of our donors. (

UGC’s scope of work was the custom exterior structural self supporting glass entrance box with canopy and an interior fire rated glass floor. The installation of the structural glass wall which sits off K St NW (a major street in DC) was challenging as a result of limited equipment access. It required the use of a heavy crane with custom glass suction cups for installation over the course of a couple weekeneds.

Location: Washington, DC

General Contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company