The National Civil War Museum

The National Civil War Museum

The National Civil War Museum, located in Harrisburg, PA, has an extensive collection of documents and artifacts from the Civil War, and also hosts traveling collections and exhibits.The 65,000-sf facility includes a lobby, primary gallery space, rotational galleries, main rotunda, dining facilities, multi-purpose rooms, gift shop, archives, conference spaces, library, storage/exhibit preparation rooms, orientation theater and offices.

Brinjac provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, civil/site, security, telecommunication and lighting design services for the museum. Mechanical services included HVAC design for a 2,000-MBH hot water boiler system, hot water distribution system, chilled water plant and chilled water distribution, air distribution and exhaust systems, and humidity and temperature controls for the different exhibit, storage and work areas.

Design also included a new underground electrical service, an in-floor wiring distribution system, emergency egress lighting and exit signs, gallery and exhibit lighting, and interior and exterior lighting. Carefully located fixtures provide uniform, glare-free light to reader rails, in a manner that avoids creating shadows. As part of the comprehensive lighting design and control system, great attention was given to the conservation of the historical collection. UV filters were used on all fixtures and inside the display cases. The display cases were designed to allow maximum lighting flexibility while minimizing the addition of heat that could adversely affect the artifacts.

Telecommunications and security infrastructure includes all voice, data, and video services throughout the building. The security system included access control, intrusion detection, glass break detection, metal detection, panic/duress stations, and internal and external CCTV surveillance and recording. Fire protection design included an addressable fire alarm system, a fire alarm control panel, automatic suppression system, combination audio/visual appliances, automatic sprinkler system that will interface with the building fire alarm system, a fire pump to boost the existing water pressure and a fire department connection.

Photo by Don Pearse Photography