|Client||Indovina Associates Architects|
|Size||217,624 sq. ft. including 37,433 sq. ft. of new addition|
|Cost||$30 million Approximately|
|Services||HVAC, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Electrical, Power, Lighting, Energy, Data / Telecom|
OVERVIEW. The Carnegie Science Center is a five-story museum located in Pittsburgh, PA. Loftus Engineers provided MEP design services for a 37,433 sq. ft addition and renovations to the building. This addition brings the square footage of the Science Center to 217,624 sq. ft. The parking lot has a total of 355 parking spaces, 10 of which can accommodate buses. As part of the expansion and renovation, the Carnegie Science Center is pursuing USGBC LEED Silver Certification.
The expansion includes a four-level addition to the river side of the facility that includes exhibit space, office space, classrooms, and event space, as well as a new four-level atrium lobby at the entrance of the building. General HVAC renovations and upgrades to the existing facilities were also performed.
During the renovation and construction of the new addition, the existing central cooling and heating plants were also upgraded. Loftus worked with NRG Energy, the current owner and operator of the two plants, to provide mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering, as well as minor architectural services for the Carnegie Science Center plant expansion.
Loftus also provided mechanical and electrical engineering services for the Carnegie Science Center’s Omnimax Theater Conversion. This project included renovations to the Science Center’s giant theater incorporating a new screen, new projection and sound system, and additional modifications to the building needed to accommodate the upgrades.
All renderings were done by Indovina Associates.