Located in New York City, the world's first and foremost verticalmetropolis, The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the City's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. The Skyscraper Museum is committed to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. Through exhibitions, publications, educational programs, and its award-winning website, the Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. In March 2004, The Skyscraper Museum opened a permanent home in a building at the southern tip of Battery Park City. The facility occupies ground-floor space in a mixed-use project that includes the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and a 38-story condominium tower. The Museum owns its space, which has been generously donated by Millennium Partners, the building's developers. The distinguished firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is the Museum's architect, with award-winning partner Roger Duffy as lead designer. SOM is providing its services pro bono. Tishman Construction Corporation, which has been building New York since 1898, served as Construction Manager pro bono.