Preserving Cultural Resource Collections For Our Nation’s Most Valuable Artifacts

Picture_Section 1  - Services_Code Consulting_Performance Based DesignFire protection issues are particularly complex for cultural institutions to resolve.  Life safety is a primary concern, of course, but extremely valuable and extremely sensitive property is also at risk from fire-related events – the collection items that are the very foundation of the institutions existence and mission.

In considering how to adequately protect those art works, conflicting protection goals must often be weighed against one another.  While prescriptive code requirements provide some guidance, particularly with respect to the life safety issues, the property protection issues at museums, galleries and libraries are often unique and not adequately addressed through the narrow lens of a standard building code.

Given what is at stake, a risk management approach that is at least as objective and responsible as code compliance is often warranted.

Related Project Experience

  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DCPicture_Section 3 - Sectors_Historic Buildings & Museums
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC
  • National Library of Medicine, NIH, Bethesda, MD
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • Wet Collections, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Colonial Williamsburg Lodge & Conference Center, Williamsburg, VA
  • Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Dewitt Wallace Museum, Williamsburg, VA
  • U.S. Army Museum Support Center, Fort Belvoir, VA
  • Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA
  • Firestone Library, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  • National Audiovisual Conservation Center, Culpepper, VA

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With JENSEN HUGHES you get high quality consulting, engineering, testing, R&D and training services that protect people and property, while preserving architectural design intent. Contact us using our online form or by calling one of our many regional branches.