After two years of renovation work, Charleston’s Gibbes Museum of Art has reopened its doors in the Beaux-Arts Building. This historic building was constructed in 1905, and much of the building has been returned to its former glory with original window frames, tile work, and exposed brick walls. The main floor of the museum now offers studio space for resident artists, classrooms, a lecture hall and event space, a museum store, café, and garden. The upper two floors are home to the museum’s permanent collection and traveling exhibitions, with 30% more gallery space and a new storage facility with a viewing platform that gives museum-goers an opportunity to see conservators, preparators, and collections managers at work.
DWG was proud to play such an integral role in these renovations, which includes the design of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems. There is an “art” for us in designing these systems such that they are there and operating to accomplish a multitude of tasks; but go generally unnoticed.
The strict HVAC conditioning requirements for this type of facility are met through the use of an air-cooled chiller, hydronic boilers, humidifiers and variable speed pumps. A Liebert computer room unit is responsible for ensuring steady temperatures and humidity control over the Museum’s vast art storage collection.
LED lighting is used within the exhibition spaces to eliminate any concern of degradation of the collections due to UV damage and for energy conservation while maintaining the historical lighting features of the building.
A new fire sprinkler system, enhanced fire alarm and security systems ensure the safety of patrons and property on premise.