San Diego Museum of Art
Mechanical & HVAC Services
More effectively controlled environment for patron viewing; increased protection of a valuable and important art collection; non-disruptive installation; increased HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) control; lower operating costs.
HVAC SERVICES OBJECTIVES
To improve indoor air quality by upgrading its air conditioning and humidification control system.
MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS
This HVAC installation project called for innovative mechanical construction management, since UMEC had to perform the work while visitors walked through the galleries viewing some of the museum’s most popular exhibitions. As a result, the company divided the work into three phases. For each phase, UMEC connected temporary HVAC ductwork to maintain the galleries’ temperature and humidity control for visitor comfort. When the phase was completed, the company shut down the temporary equipment and connected the new, permanent equipment.
Work began with demolition and removal of existing air handlers, chillers, ductwork and piping. The company then brought in new equipment piece by piece, assembled it in place and performed the mechanical systems start-up procedures. The result is a state-of-the-art electronically controlled heating and air conditioning system that monitors temperature and humidity, keeping them at appropriate levels to preserve the collection and ensure a continuously comfortable environment.
ENTERTAINMENT FACILITY BACKGROUND
The historic San Diego Museum of Art provides a rich and diverse cultural experience for more than 400,000 annual visitors. The museum’s nationally renowned collections include Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures. In addition, the museum regularly features major exhibitions of art from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule of cultural and educational programs.