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Rehabilitation of the Mechanical and Ventilation Systems at the Neuberger Museum

Project Overview

Designed by architects Philip Johnson and John Burges, the museum opened in 1974. The museum, named after Roy R. Neuberger, an artist and art collector who donated several pieces, houses over 6,000 works of art and was awarded the 2007 National Medal of Arts. The museum’s existing HVAC systems are in need of repairs and upgrades in order to preserve the condition and integrity of this extensive art collection and as part of the re-accreditation process with the American Association of Museums (AAM).

This project was initiated, based on a feasibility study, done in 2011 by the New York Power Authority (NYPA). The study determined that a new independent (stand-alone), air-cooled chiller system and rehabilitation of the building’s mechanical systems (which are original to the building) was required in order to provide for year-round temperature control in the Neuberger Museum.

Project Scope

This project will include the renovation of the Museums’ existing HVAC distribution infrastructure and installation of a new system which will control temperature and humidity levels to meet the standards necessary to properly preserve the Museum’s collections.

Lead Agency / SUCF

Design / NYPA with RCM Technologies

Contractor / C.W. Brown  

Budget / $10.8 million 

Project Manager / Anne Marie Russillo