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National Park Service: Benjamin Franklin Life & Legacy Museum

State-of-the-art systems for the father of American technology.

By Affiliated Engineers December 19, 2019
Photo courtesy: National Park Services

Faced with failing HVAC, electrical, lighting, security, fire suppression, fire detection, emergency power, irrigation, and drainage systems, as well as outdated animatronic exhibits, the National Park Service sought to equal the standards of leading biographical museums worldwide in this subsurface Philadelphia museum exploring the life and work of Benjamin Franklin. AEI completely redesigned energy efficient systems for the museum with state-of-the-art technologies to enhance the visitor experience. AEI also provided IT/AV design for interactive exhibits to better accommodate interpretive programming.

Photo courtesy: National Park Services

AEI conducted an existing conditions assessment and investigated the potential of replacing the HVAC system with a chilled water system that would connect to the park’s chilled water plant. The study included the potential of replacing electric heat with steam from the local supplier to eliminate a mold source. The emergency generator exhaust configuration was corrected to avoid re-entrainment, electrical safety hazards were eliminated, and sub-code security, fire detection, and suppression systems were corrected.

AEI also designed interactive touch and audio exhibits and wireless museum exhibit guides.


This article originally appeared on Affiliated Engineers’ website. Affiliated Engineers is a CFE Media content partner. 


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