While providing a beautiful, light-filled space, the glass building presented significant commissioning challenges, particularly in controlling humidity, a critical factor in preserving art on display and in storage. From design review through post-occupancy, Sparhawk Group identified potential problems and addressed with them before they became critical issues.
- During design review, Sparhawk Group realized the chilled beam system sequence did not have any high humidity cutoffs which would have created problems with condensation.
- Sparhawk Group worked with the architect and engineer to develop a control sequence to handle condensation issues during the winter months.
- During commissioning, Sparhawk Group discovered that the energy recovery ventilation (ERV) units were poorly sealed and frosting internally, and took steps to ensure the rooftop units were properly sealed.
- During functional testing it was noted that the art storage area did not have any space temperature or humidity sensors. This oversight was addressed and corrected, thus reducing risk to the collection.