American Museum of Natural History Richard Gilder Graduate School
American Museum of Natural History has become the first American museum to offer an accredited Ph.D. program through its new Richard Gilder Graduate School. This project created a home for the Graduate School through renovation of approximately 6,800 square feet of existing space on the 5th floor. State-of-the-art educational research, lecture, and study center facilities were provided in former collections storage and outdated laboratory spaces.
Graduate and post-doctoral students who were previously scattered throughout the Museum now have a place to congregate, learn, study, and relax. Air handlers with central plant chilled water replaced existing window air conditioners for increased system efficiency and noise control. All areas of the project were fully- sprinklered. ASW also provided lighting design services for this project. Lighting systems included T5 and compact fluorescent sources, with a watts/sf density exceeding LEED and ASHRAE 90.1 Standards by 10%. Lighting controls include dimmers and occupancy sensors. ASW participated in this $ 97M+ replacement of the former Hayden Planetarium and adjoining exhibition spaces. In addition to the reconstruction of the Planetarium itself, the project included new parking facilities, exhibitionspaces, an outdoor plaza, and new retail space. The Rose Center opened to the public in March of 2000. The new Planetarium is housed in a sphere. The top half of this sphere contains the state-of-theart, “Sky Theater”. The bottom half of the sphere contains a second theater, in which visitors witness a recreation of the Big Bang. From here, they follow a walkway that tracks 15 billion years of evolutionary events, starting with the first few moments of the universe and ending in the present day. ASW worked closely with a specialty consultant to create a computational fluid dynamics model of the building “cube” to assist in the design of smoke removal systems and air delivery for HVAC. The project involved new systems and renovations of the existing systems serving the adjacent wings. Also included was replacement of the Museum’s north electrical service and redistribution of existing MEP services from the central plant through the new building. In addition to smoke removal systems, the Rose Center had numerous specialized fire protection systems. Line-type heat detection systems were used along the exposed steel at the top of the cube and elevator core to eliminate the need for exposed fire-proofing. This, in conjunction with an air-aspirating smoke detection system and deluge-type sprinkler systems provides protection for the exposed steel and interior portions of the cube.
Location: New York, NY
Completion Date: 2009
Architects: Kliment Halsband Architects
Altieri Services: M, E, P, FP, + Architectural Lighting Design