APEX Project Bureau was involved in the development of the engineering systems operation documentation in April 2018, three years after the start of the Polytechnic Museum reconstruction. It was a complex issue for Engineering Department specialists who faced the necessity to develop all architectural, interior appearance and structural solutions within the already completed project. One of the most challenging tasks was the arrangement of the utility lines in such a way as to make vertical and horizontal systems not contradict the interior appearance solutions, including restoration and opening the historic masonry in the supports and arch covers. To meet the requirement of fully concealed utility lines the specialists offered to use chimneys and pylon niches.
Development of engineering systems in the reconstruction of the Polytechnic Museum
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DD engineering systems
Polytechnic Museum is one of the largest scientific and technical museums in the world. It was created on the funds of the Polytechnic Exhibition of 1872 at the initiative of the Society of Devotees of Natural Science, Anthropology, and Ethnography. In December 1991 the museum was recognized as a precious object of the Russian cultural heritage. The historic building of the museum, which was built almost 150 years ago at New Square in Moscow, is currently closed for reconstruction until 2020.
Two atriums – the southern and the northern are of special complexity. According to the design of the Japanese architect Dziunia Isigama the atriums will be covered with glass constructions to enable the year-round use of the building. To make the microclimate inside the atriums the most comfortable, the Bureau specialists provided CFD-modeling which enabled to analyze the temperature and the speed values of the air masses and perform the required corrections in the operational documentation concerning ventilation and air-conditioning systems. The same analysis was carried out in [I1] exposition halls, where the humidity values are of special importance. CFD-modeling revealed the hazards of condensate appearing on window frames and the necessity to prevent it by means of making small holes in the windowsills for blowing the window surface and regulating the airflows.
One more unique solution is the firefighting system which has never been used for such technically complex facilities before. Alfa-Fog system is planned to be used. The system uses super water spray supplied at the pressure of 150 bar, which on one hand reduces water consumption rate and minimizes potential damage for the showpieces in case of emergency, on the other hand.
Currently, the specialists of APEX Engineering Department are designing local area network system, which on customer’s demand shall be synchronized in a single control center, clarify the climatic conditions inside all premises (including the main lecture hall) and design the arrangement of the utility lines.