Group14 performed LEED Construction Administration consulting, energy modeling, Xcel Energy Design Assistance (EDA) consulting, and fundamental and enhanced commissioning for the 225,000 SF renovation to the Denver Art Museum’s historic North Building and the addition of a 50,000 SF Welcome Center. The renovated spaces include three floors of art galleries, learning and gathering space, and a new conservation laboratory.
In addition to serving as an entrance and ticketing center for museum guests, the new Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center houses two dining options, the family activity center, and the Sturm Grand Pavilion which added 10,000 SF of event space that can accommodate public and private events.
The commissioned systems included HVAC, Lighting, Electrical Emergency and Normal Power, Security, Communications, Life Safety, and Building Automation Equipment and System (BAS).
The project achieved 24% energy cost savings and 44% electricity savings which resulted in a $250,185 Xcel EDA credit. The project also achieved 30% water savings.
Key energy efficiency strategies included adding insulation to existing walls to minimize condensation potential, over 60% lighting power density reduction, and dedicated outdoor air units with desiccant wheels and evaporative cooling.