History of Mechanical System Design & Consulting

 

1996 Library of Congress – Analysis of Preservation Quality of Various Environmental Control Scenarios for Off-Site Book Storage (LOC funded)

1997-2004 Library of Congress and New York Public Library – Optimizing Collection Life and Energy Costs in Cultural Institutions – IPI and energy-efficiency experts at Herzog/Wheeler & Associates documented and evaluated HVAC systems, made improvements to storage conditions, and lowered operating costs. Project continued through 2000 (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), with later extension into 2005 (funded by LOC).

2004 National Museum of Denmark Documentation and Assessment of Collection Storage Environments at various NMD locations – IPI and Herzog/Wheeler & Associates, through 2007 (funded by NMD). Denmark is a world leader in the development of sustainable practices for collection storage in cultural institutions.

2005 Library of Congress Review of Proposed Climate Conditions and General Design for Phase III Secure Storage Facilities – IPI and Herzog/Wheeler & Associates (LOC funded).

National Archives and Records Administration – Review and Analysis of Mechanical System Design and Environmental Recommendations for Proposed Archive Storage Space in St. Louis, Missouri – IPI and Herzog/Wheeler & Associates (NARA funded).

National Archives and Records Administration Consultation on the Preservation Environment Delivered by Proposed Mechanical System – IPI and Herzog/Wheeler & Associates assessed the likely preservation outcome of mechanical systems proposed for use in NARA buildings during the design phase (NARA funded).


2006 Library of Congress – Environmental monitoring and analysis, ongoing consultation, contracts renewed annually through 2016 (funded by LOC).

2007 New York Public Library – Developing Data Models and Best Practices for Diagnosis and Improvement of Preservation Environments – IPI and Herzog/Wheeler & Associates consultation (funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities).

2008 Library of Congress – Review of Relative Humidity Conditions in the Nitrate Film Vaults, including identification of causes and suggestions for improvement (LOC funded).

2009 Library of Congress – Report to Guide the Feasibility Study for Improving the Rare Book Storage Area Climate IPI and Herzog/Wheeler & Associates (LOC funded).

Research on Energy Saving Opportunities in Libraries – Investigation into whether energy usage can be significantly reduced by carefully monitored and risk-managed shutdowns of air handling units during unoccupied hours in selected research library storage spaces, through 2014 (funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services).


2010 Development of Methodologies for Sustainable HVAC Operation in Collection Environments – Investigation into the best methods to ensure that library, archive, and museum collections are not harmed by short-term environmental fluctuations (temperature and relative humidity setbacks) made in the name of reducing energy costs, through Spring 2013 (funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities).

California Department of Parks and Recreation – Collection Storage Facility Renovation – IPI evaluated environmental conditions, suggested mechanical system design and operation guidelines that meet the needs of the collection, and identified energy-efficient building operation opportunities (funded by the State of California).

Folger Shakespeare Library – Mechanical System Optimization and Environmental Data Analysis – IPI and Herzog/Wheeler & Associates provided analysis of the preservation quality of monitored storage locations along with the optimization of existing mechanical systems, design recommendations for a new system, and identification of potential energy saving opportunities, through 2012 (funded by an NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Planning grant).

Library of Congress – Assessment of Acetate Still Picture Collections and Recommendations for Long-Term Care (LOC funded).

Winterthur Museum – development of suggestions for reducing energy consumption in the Museum, Gallery, and Research buildings which would not compromise the preservation quality of storage environments, partnered with Herzog/Wheeler & Associates (funded by Winterthur).


2012 Columbia College Chicago Library – Mechanical system upgrade planning consultation (funded by Columbia College).

Folger Shakespeare Library – Documentation and analysis of the operation of a newly installed mechanical system to insure that the best climate possible with the least consumption of energy is being delivered, while maintaining a high level of preservation quality (NEH SCHC Implementation Grant).

Fundación Luis Munoz Marin, Puerto Rico – Environmental monitoring and analysis (NEH Preservation Assessment Grant).

Harvard Divinity School – Evaluation of mechanical systems in special collection spaces, including mechanical system optimization and analysis of environmental data (funded by Harvard University).

New York Botanical Gardens Library – Environmental monitoring and analysis project (funded by a New York State Discretionary Grant).

Northern Kentucky University Library – Mechanical system optimization and environmental data analysis consultation, through Spring 2014 (NEH SCHC Planning Grant).

Stanford University Archive of Recorded Sound Mechanical system optimization and analysis of environmental data (NEH SCHC Implementation Grant).

Swarthmore College Library – Mechanical system optimization and environmental data analysis consultation, through Spring 2014 (NEH SCHC Planning Grant).

Winterthur Museum – Creation of an interface between IPI’s eClimateNotebook™ data analysis software and the new web-based Tridium control system installed at Winterthur that will provide integrated real time data that can be viewed simultaneously by engineers, facilities, and conservation staff (NEH SCHC Implementation Grant).


2013 EwingCole – IPI will work closely with the architectural firm’s renovation of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History Paleo Hall.

George Eastman House – Holistic study of mechanical systems, storage and exhibition environments as part of a consulting team to prioritize the need for improvement and design possibilities (NEH SCHC Planning Grant).

Hoopes + Bowden Architects– IPI will work closely with the architectural firm’s renovation of and addition to the State Library and Archives of New Mexico Carruthers Building in Santa Fe.

Monhegan Museum – Mechanical system optimization and environmental data analysis with a focus on energy reduction (NEH SCHC Planning).

New York Public Library – review and written assessment of design documentation for a planned build-out of Bryant Park Stack Extension to determine if the system design will provide the desired environment, and suggestions for potential opportunities to optimize system performance, save energy, and/or reduce capital spending on the project (funded by NYPL).

Ohio University Library – Mechanical system assessment and recommendations (funded by Ohio University).

Pepperdine University Library – Review of renovation plans for library special collections and suggestions for optimal operation as part of a consulting group (NEH SCHC Planning Grant).

University of Illinois Libraries – Mechanical system assessment, data analysis, and recommendations for optimal design and operation of the system serving the Archives Research Center, through October 2016 (NEH SCHC Implementation Grant).

Worcester Art Museum – Collection storage and mechanical system assessment as part of a team of consultants (NEH SCHC Planning Grant).

Demonstrating a Sustainable Energy-Saving Methodology for Library Environments – IPI will develop a methodological guide to achieving sustainable mechanical system operation without sacrificing preservation quality for use by libraries, archives, museums and other collecting institutions. Continues through November 2016. (Funded by Institute of Museum & Library Services).


2014 Arizona State Museum – Mechanical System and Design Consultation for Photograph Collection Storage, provide recommendations during the concept design phase, through 2015 (NEH SCHC Planning Grant)California Historical Society – Provide expert advice on the potential for the U.S. Mint Building in San Francisco to provide optimal storage space and environmental conditions for long term collection storage (funded by the California Historical Society).

George Eastman House and Museum – Part of a consulting team providing Analysis of Environmental Conditions and Suggestions for Mechanical System Design and Operation Improvements for the c.1905 Mansion and the 1989 Archives Building (NEH SCHC Planning Grant).

Georgetown University – Mechanical System Analysis and Optimization, identify opportunities for energy savings and recommendations for new mechanical system design and operation for the Lauinger Library, through 2016 (funded by Georgetown University).

Minnesota Historical Society – Review of Plans for Film Storage, mechanical system operation review and suggestions for energy-efficient cold storage operation (NEH SCHC Planning Grant).

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) – Review and Analysis of Mechanical System Design and Operation at the MOHAI Resource Center, through 2015 (NEH SCHC Planning Grant).

Northern Arizona University – Collection Survey and Planning for Cold Storage for Special Collections and Archives in the Cline Library, assessment of current and long-term storage needs, through 2015 (NEH SCHC Planning Grant).

Pepperdine University Library – Part of a consulting team providing Environmental Analysis and Mechanical System Consultation, review of renovation plans and suggestions for optimal performance (NEH SCHC Planning Grant).

University of Notre Dame – Environmental Analysis and Mechanical System Assessment for the Hesburgh Library, suggestions for optimizing mechanical system performance and energy saving, through 2015 (NEH SCHC Planning Grant).

University of Rochester – Mechanical System Analysis and Optimization for the Rush Rhees Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, through 2015 (NYS Discretionary Grant).

Worcester Art Museum – Collection Storage and Mechanical System Assessment, suggestions for mechanical system upgrades to improve preservation quality (NEH SCHC Planning Grant).


2015 Center for Jewish History – Mechanical System and Storage Environment Assessment of the Berg Room, review system design capabilities (Funded by the Center for Jewish History).University of Colorado Museum of Natural History – Mechanical System Design Consultation, Micro-Environment for Collection Storage, inform design and operation of a new mechanical system for two storage spaces, through 2015 (NEH SCHC Planning Grant).

Jacobs Engineering Group – Provide Expertise in Planning and Construction of New Storage Facilities and Program Spaces for the University of Texas, Austin, Libraries, Briscoe Center and Harry Ransom Center.