Osborn Engineering is providing design services including mechanical, electrical, technology and civil engineering for the addition/rennovation project at the Cleveland Institute of Art in association with Stantec. The project includes a four story addition of 84,000 sq. ft. to the west end of the Joseph McCullough Center building on Euclid Avenue, as well as the renovation of approximately 25,500 sq. ft. within the existing building. The addition contains two galleries, a welcome center, and an multi-function auditorium for presentations and film (Home of the Cinematheque). The second and third floors will have studio spaces and faculty offices. The fourth floor will be mainly used for administrative offices.
Osborn’s technology work includes 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 foot by 50 foot 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 aspect has an additional challenge in 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 equipment that had been pre-purchased to match existing equipment, and harmonize that design motif into the addition. All this had to be done while keeping an eye on overall building energy consumption, and ensuring that all requirements are placed in the design due to certain funding sources, as the original building has historic value based upon its origins as one of the earliest auto assembly plants that once made Cleveland an automobile manufacturing stronghold.