Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
The National Air & Space Museum Sterling, Virginia
The Smithsonian Institution's National Air & Space Museum constructed a new building for the display and preservation of its large-scale collection of historic aviation and space artifacts. This museum include exhibit hangars, an observation tower from which visitors can watch air traffic at Dulles Airport, special environmentally controlled storage areas, a large format theatre, gallery, and retail areas.
The 760,000 square foot museum will include over 200 aircraft and 135 spacecraft on display. The central plant includes chillers producing both chilled water and ice storage. The building was designed to take advantage of the unoccupied operating hours to produce ice for energy conservation and cooling during normal gallery operating hours. The gallery areas contain ductwork with up to 108" diameter round sheetmetal to distribute the large quantities of air conditioning.
We are also responsible for specialized clean steam generators producing humidification for effective environmental control in preserving the many artifacts. The facility is built with many challenging geometric frame works to route plumbing and piping to 380 plumbing fixtures. The task of concealing and conforming to the many curved structures and mezzanine levels is a skilled accomplishment for our plumbing staff and coordinators.