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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The New East Wing of American and Contemporary Art is said to be "Boston's first great public building of the 21st century." The $180 million first phase of this three-phase master plan began a major transformation of this 130-year-old institution.

Bullet $180M construction cost
Bullet 280K SF
Bullet Radiant floors

The 280,000 sf Phase 1 included new museum space, collection storage, administrative offices, an auditorium and the "Jewel Box”, a 65-foot-high glass-enclosed, tree-lined courtyard". The project incorporated many sustainable and green design features including a radiant (heating and cooling) floor and a mass displacement air scheme for cooling the Jewel Box.

The engineering systems are “resilient” by purposeful design incorporating three decentralized utility plants operated as a central plant for maximum efficiency, redundancy and reliability. Engineering systems are completely hidden from view and designed so that no “wet services” or mechanical equipment are positioned over any gallery. Fire suppression is via preaction systems.

The heating plant consists of three 300 BHP dual fuel boilers each producing 250°F hot water. In addition, the high temperature system is used to create low pressure steam via heat exchangers to meet the museum’s humidification requirements.