Cleveland Institute of Art
Joseph McCullough Center Renovation & Expansion
Osborn Engineering was the Engineer of Record (EOR) for the addition/renovation of the Cleveland Institute of Art. The project included a four-story addition of 84,000 SF to the west end of the Joseph McCullough Center building on Euclid Avenue, as well as the renovation of approximately 25,500 SF within the existing building. The addition contains two galleries, a welcome center, and a multi-function auditorium for presentations and film (Home of the Cinematheque). The second and third floors have studio spaces and faculty offices. The fourth floor is mainly used for administrative offices.
Osborn’s technology work included not only the standard extensions of systems such as voice, data and security, but specialty systems to accommodate those new showcase functions. These specialty items include design of new audio and projection systems into the Cinematheque, facilitating its ability to show a range of film content that spans silent movies to the latest digital content, and incorporation of an external 30’ by 50’ digital LED video wall which will provide the capability to display anything from still image to HD video content, as well as a collage of multiple sources of content, all programmed from a simple web interface.
The MEP design challenge included the requirement to create a design that would provide sufficient energy savings to accommodate a LEED silver design, while integrating into the systems already provided under the initial re-purposing. This required the engineers to thoroughly understand the existing conditions of the previous design, incorporate equip-ment that had been pre-purchased to match existing equipment, and harmonize that design motif into the addition.