The Speed Art Museum – North Addition and Central Utility Building
The Speed Art Museum embarked on a major expansion and renovation of its facilities, encompassing approximately 75,000 square feet of new interior and exterior space. Growing out of the Museum’s long-range master planning process, the Speed Museum commissioned wHY Architecture and K. Norman Berry Associates for the project. The design included the construction of a north addition, some existing building renovation and a central utility building, both of which link directly to the Museum’s existing structure. The new structure to the north addition building is designed to be largely transparent, with large glass curtain walls. The project also features a new art park and public piazza on the six acre site.
Highlights of KGEI’s design include:
- LEED-NC Gold Certified Building.
- Mechanical and electrical systems design to support state-of-the-art museum requirements while providing energy efficient operation.
- Two-story central utility building housing water cooled chillers, cooling towers, boilers, and steam generators to serve the building HVAC systems.
- The central utility building also contains the emergency power system, natural gas generator, and normal power service gear.
- A wet fire protection system designed to protect the various hazards as well as coordinate with the architectural features.
- Exterior water feature design with artwork.
- HVAC building automation with remote access capabilities.
- Building Automation System integration with building security system.
- Automatic lighting and shade control integrated with the building automation system.
- Kerr-Greulich performed LEED Enhanced commissioning on all building systems.
- Campus style telecommunications pathway infrastructure.