The New York City practice Thomas Phifer and Partners have unveiled their design for the new 100,000 square foot North Wing expansion at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. The state of the art, “energy smart” building will provide the ideal interior environment for preserving the Museum’s unparalleled collection of glass art through natural lighting, an intelligent building envelope and sophisticated temperature and air quality controls. The $64 million North Wing is scheduled for completion in 2014.
Included in the expansion will be a 26,000 square feet of gallery space. This is the largest space anywhere dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art in glass.
Environmentally Sustainable Design Elements:
- Insulated double glazed windows with high performance, low-E coating to reduce heat gain
- Daytime illumination provided by natural light
- Daylight harvesting system
- Carbon dioxide monitors control volume of outside air intake
- Enthalpy wheel recovers heat from building exhaust
- VAV controls track occupancy and system performance to reduce energy consumption
- Water economizer uses cooling towers instead of chillers to produce cooling in winter for pumps
- Multiple valves on cooling coils reduce energy required for dehumidification
- Commissioning of building systems maximizes equipment efficiency
- Facility personnel training improves long-term maintenance and operation
- Design of storm water retention reduces run-off and erosion
- Site lighting is designed to meet Dark Sky standards
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