Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Multi-Purpose Building

Allen + Shariff provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineering and fire protection design services for this new multi-purpose museum building highlighting waterfowl and boats of the local Eastern Shore area as envisioned by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The $3.4M project is a single-story building of 11,630 SF floor plate with a tall entry / exhibit area with low-E glazing for an enhanced experience while visiting the exhibits or attending a group gathering.

To provide maximum control of the individual spaces, with emphasis on preserving artwork and museum pieces, the space is served by three separate grade-mounted gas-fired / DX-cooling air handling units. The systems include active temperature and humidity control. Ductwork in open-to-deck areas was designed as spiral and to blend into the structure. The system serving the main gathering area has outside air controlled by carbon dioxide sensor, to maintain required ventilation rate at varied occupancies, and to reduce to minimum during low occupied times.

The domestic plumbing system for the building features an on-demand condensing water heater to provide hot water to all areas of the building in a timely and energy conserving manner. The building is protected through out with a wet/dry sprinkler system that is fed from the local municipality. The unique storage characteristics of the building were considered when authoring the sprinkler performance specification that considered the supplied street pressure and losses expected in the system.

A new 400A 208Y/120V 3Ø/4 wire service was provided from an existing upgraded utility provided transformer. Multi-zone dimmable LED lighting system consisted of a combination of high bay and track lighting through the museum and store space. A low voltage lighting control system was provided for individual zone control of approximately twenty separate zones. Exterior lighting was provided with a combination of pole, flood, bollards, and building mounted lighting.

A full fire alarm system was provided and rough-in was provided for data, access control, and intrusion detection systems.

Project Details

Client: Annum Architects

Square Footage: 11,630

Services: MEP Engineering

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