CLIFTON ARTS CENTER

Art Museum

Chartered by the Town of Clifton in 1998 this historic facility houses administrative office space, an atrium and multipurpose and gallery exhibition space.  A contemporary atrium space links two historically significant circa 1903 buildings which both originally served as stables for the US Animal Quarantine Station.  Crane Associates was commissioned to design structural and building upgrades as well as a new HVAC system to meet the stringent factors of the center's purpose.

CLIENT: CLIFTON ARTS CENTER
LOCATION: CLIFTON, NJ
COMPLETION YEAR: 2018
DISCIPLINE: MUNICIPAL FACILITY
SIZE: 4,000 Sq. FT.

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PROJECT BRIEF

Crane began this project by assessing the current status of the structural, builiding and HVAC design to identify the scope of work necessary to upgrade the entire emergency system. Based on the survey prepared by Crane, the City agreed that the building envelope and the HVAC system were inadequate to meet the demands for a comfortable environment for patrons while safeguarding the condition of sensitive artwork. The following scope of work was developed:

 

    BUILDING UPGRADES:

    • Provide perimeter wall studs, insulation and gypsum board to seal exterior walls at Wing-D1.
    • Provide weather-stripping for all doors.
    • Provide storm window inserts which maintain the historic nature of the existing windows to reduce air infiltration and UV light damage.
    • Thermally separate each of the three major building zones with the installation of new insulated doors between the central atrium and each of the adjacent wings that will create an air lock.
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    HVAC DESIGN:

    Replace and upgrade the HVAC system throughout the entire building.

    Increase the performance and capacity of the HVAC system to meet the stringent humidity and temperature requirements of traveling exhibits, and current energy efficiency standards including:

    • 1  Boiler
    • 3 Air Handling Units w/Dehumidifier
    • 3 DX Condensing units
    • 2 Humidifiers
    • 2 Energy Recovery Wheels
    • HVAC Control system
    • 20 Gallon water heater

    This facility is on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.  The project required application to and approval from the State Historic Preservation Office. Project Responsibilities:  Architectural and MEP investigation, design, bidding, and construction administration services