National Constitution Center - Civil War Exhibit



National Constitution Center


Civil War Exhibit


Philadelphia, PA


7,500 Sq. Ft.


ME / FP Design


The National Constitution Center underwent a project to provide a permanent home for the Civil War and Reconstruction Exhibit. Wick Fisher White provided the mechanical, electrical and fire protection engineering to accommodate the relocation, which features over 100 artifacts. Specifically, our team reconstructed the design of an existing gallery and created a new 2,200 sf gallery for the Civil War Exhibit and a smaller feature gallery, reducing the footprint down to 4,826 sf. The project included changes to the pre-show gallery to make a new set of entrances and exits.

Our approach was both unique and challenging because we had to create four “zones” of heating and cooling, without allowing any of the spaces to impact the other.  Also, The HVAC design featured the replacement of the existing constant volume ceiling diffusers with new “solar” powered VAV diffusers, to aid with the zoning changes to the galleries. The new diffusers are battery operated, and charged by ambient light in the space. The electrical design included changes and expansion of the lighting grid, and provided power to new exhibits. This project also created of entrance and exit vestibules to aid in the pressurization of the space, and maintaining the required humidification levels. The total project area is approximately 7,500 sf.