In order to achieve MoMI’s goal of creating a healthy museum that promotes learning and conserves resources, Atelier Ten guided the design team towards surpassing EDC and New York City construction standards of LEED Silver and energy efficiency.
MoMI’s renovation and addition includes new theaters, an entrance lobby, and educational classrooms. Early in the design process, Atelier Ten tested energy efficiency improvements to the building envelope, lighting, and mechanical systems to optimize thermal and visual comfort in the tightly controlled museum environment.
Particular attention was given to optimizing the new addition’s aluminum-clad, highly insulated rain screen system envelope to reduce heating and cooling use and avoid thermal bridging.
Atelier Ten also helped design a displacement ventilation system for the tiered theater to ensure a high level of indoor air quality and improved acoustical performance. In addition, a comprehensive stormwater management strategy detains and infiltrates stormwater through perforated below-grade tanks. The highly reflective roof helps to reduce urban heat island effect. In administering the LEED process, Atelier Ten focused the team towards earning as many LEED points as possible, including guiding sustainable material selection to provide high indoor environmental quality.