The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
The center is located on a 12-acre campus across the street from the Catholic University of America. The sites that were considered by Pope John Paul were Rome and Poland, yet Washington, DC was chosen because of its prominence and influence in international relations, communications and technology.
The building was designed in a modern and futuristic style. It contains both galleries housing priceless artifacts and also computer generated interactive displays. The center also has theatres with acoustical treatment for the performance and recording of lectures and drama.
The HVAC and plumbing systems serving the facility contain specialized utilities to maintain specific humidity and temperature control. We installed pure water distribution to humidifiers for air handling. The pure water system included a deionized reverse osmosis and clean steam system with 1500 gallons per day and 150 pounds per hour capacity respectively. The facility is 97,000 square feet and contains a radiant floor heating system to maintain consistent temperature in the gallery areas. With many high end finishes installed through out the facility, Kirlin was responsible for careful coordination of the air distribution and piping systems. In addition our commissioning efforts required early testing and start-up procedures to meet the stringent space environmental conditions.