The Science Museum of Virginia is a premier hub for hands-on education in Virginia. Designed for children 8 to 14 years old, the public museum is an important tool in the State’s effort to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. It also hosts visiting exhibitions from around the world.
In 2013, the Museum launched a campaign to reinvent itself with building renewal and exhibit updates. The renovation
project includes the addition of a new 18,000 square-foot multi-purpose event center that will accommodate more than 1,000 guests for cultural, educational, commercial, and social events such as lectures, banquets, and weddings.
The MEP/FP design accommodates the sensitive environmental conditions
(temperature, humidity, and ventilation) and varied lighting and power requirements needed to support a broad range of exhibits — all while meeting the energy performance target of 14% reduction over baseline. This includes:
• Zoned HVAC systems to accommodate moveable partitions
• Demand-controlled ventilation to reduce energy use during periods of low occupancy
• Power and data outlets arranged in an array at floor level and above the ceiling to provide flexibility for a variety of A/V systems and configurations
2RW worked closely with the architects to identify high-performance building materials to promote sustainability goals such as special glass for the massive windows to minimize energy consumption.
2RW also supported the LEED process with planning, energy modeling, and documentation development services. For example, 2RW modeled a variety of HVAC system types, interior and exterior shading options, and glazing strategies (including electrochromic glass) to identify the most efficient and cost-effective systems and materials.
The final building design achieved 28% energy reduction over baseline, well above the initial target of 14%.
OWNER: Science Museum of Virginia
TIMEFRAME: 2014 – 2017
SIZE: 18,000 SF
COST: $13.3 million