- May 22, 2018
Museums are unique spaces that require careful planning and deliberate design before any renovation or expansion takes place. Undergoing construction activity within an operational museum demands careful preservation of precious artwork and artifacts, while delivering cost and schedule certainty. How can we ensure crucial elements including lighting, air quality, humidity, temperature, ceiling height, adaptable spaces and educational opportunities are considered, while also allowing flexibility for visitors to create their own unique experience?
One solution is Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). VDC supports the seamless and safe delivery of museum projects. This technology provides sophisticated insights prior to execution, which confirms accurate design, removes errors and saves time and money over the life of a project. Rawle Sawh from Gilbane’s comprehensive VDC team has helped create seven steps to support cultural projects from the planning stage through to project completion. The below VDC elements are crucial to success in museum projects:
1. Minimize disturbance and maximize space with MEP
2. Visitor experience immersion through virtual mock ups
3. Laser scanning to protect surrounding elements
4. Protect precious artifacts through environmental sensors
5. Increase collaboration with all project stakeholders
6. Influence and achieve accurate design
7. Eliminate surprises at project completion
Please contact Neil Heyman for specific Gilbane project examples and to understand how the implementation of VDC can benefit your future museum project.