Engineering a LEED Platinum space to house historical archives from the Bush presidency
Preserving the official documents and artifacts of the George W. Bush presidency takes energy. (Just ask the 135 full-time staff who’ve taken on the job.) Part of that energy is used by the museum where the items are stored. The George W. Bush Center houses the archives of the Bush presidency and a replica Oval Office within its 212,000-square-foot (19,700-square-metre) walls. Running its three programs—the Presidential Archives, Presidential Museum, and Policy Institute—and welcoming 250,000 visitors annually, means high energy usage. Our team found ways to help the Center save some energy.
Our MEP design features energy conservation measures (ECMs) such as high-efficiency chillers, a 20-percent reduction in interior lighting, and a 50-percent reduction in exterior lighting (above ASHRAE standards). Also included are upgraded walls, an improved roof, and cooling-tower optimization. Renewable resources like photovoltaics and solar water further reduce environmental impact while half of the water-usage demands are offset with condensate recovery.
By committing to this sustainable design, we’ve created a LEED Platinum space that will help preserve an important part of America’s history for years to come.
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- Houston, TX
- Robert A.M Sterns Architects
- ENR Texas & Louisiana - Best Overall Project of 2013
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