ADAPTIVE RE-USE: ATELIER ART STORAGE


September 2018 

Once a storage facility for an east coast supermarket chain, this building is now home to a fine art storage business.  Strategically located within close proximity to Philadelphia’s major cultural institutions, the 45,000 square foot space has been carefully transformed to meet the unique requirements for housing valuable artwork. 

AEC provided the structural, mechanical, electrical and fire protection engineering directly for the owner, an internationally recognized industry leader in fine art storage.

The facility is built to exceed American Association of Museums (AAM) guidelines, and includes a special HVAC system that closely controls humidity and temperature. Uniform air distribution was performed by a combination of ductwork and ceiling fans. A large emergency generator was incorporated into the electrical system to maintain the space during power outages and LED lighting was designed between the ductwork, allowing for maximum storage height. Each fixture is plugged into power distribution strips to enable constant management of the storage racks. The original sloping floor was terraced into several leveled surfaces to accommodate the storage racks.

HEALTH CARE / HISTORIC: FALLS CENTER, TULIP SPECIAL CARE


September 2018  

Falls Center was originally known as Women’s Medical College when it opened its doors in 1929. Located at 3300 Henry Avenue in Philadelphia, the building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

AEC, Inc. teamed with Wulff Architects to gut and fit-out a 20,000 square foot space, creating a new long-term nursing and ventilator-dependent care unit. The new space features

60 patient rooms, staff stations, administrative offices,   activities areas, a classroom and dining area. 

New mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were designed, including new high-efficiency water source heat pumps connected to a central plant. The engineering design included a 3,000 gallon bulk oxygen system which is piped into the space. Each heat pump serves multiple rooms  All new electrical power and low voltage systems, including nurse’s call, security, telephone and data were installed. New central domestic hot water heating was also added.

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