The Collections Conservation Centre is a brand new, state-of-the-art storage facility that will open in 2019. The owner's vision is to safeguard and protect thousands of precious Canadian heritage artifacts for the benefit of generations to come. The centre will feature an archive and library, various conservation labs, a digital innovation lab, workshops and a new research institute.
Smith + Andersen was engaged to provide mechanical, electrical, communications, security and audio-visual services on the 387,500 square foot facility.
Mechanically, our team accommodated the need for varying environments required for different artifacts, including specific temperature and humidity levels through a dedicated air handler for each space. Our team also designed the HVAC systems with filtration systems, providing sufficient air changes to prevent destructive chemical reactions to the artifacts. Through pre-treating
outdoor air by using energy recovery units, the ventilation is designed to minimize the effect on the indoor air environment.
Electrically, our team provided a double-ended main switchboard with special provision for Photo-Voltaic (PV) generation on the roof and PV window system
design in the library. The entire museum features smoke detection for asset protection with early smoke detection aspiration systems implemented for all
collection spaces. An advanced fiber DC rectifier system, backed by UPS power, provides a robust communication network throughout the facility. High output, efficient LED lighting, dimming, wireless control system and an advanced sequence of operations all provide the facility with enhanced lighting efficiency, flexibility, comfort and aesthetics.