Texas State University – The Wittliff Collections Photography Museum

MEP Engineering conducted mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering for a new photograph and rare book collections gallery within the existing Albert B. Alkek Library at Texas State University. Design scope of work included engineering evaluation of cost-effective HVAC system options capable of maintaining 24-hour preservation environment temperature/humidity conditions, as well as specification of specialty, UV-filtered display lighting within the public display areas.

The Witliff Collections Gallery is located on the seventh floor of the Albert B. Alkek library at Texas States University. As part of this project, the existing building MEP systems were reviewed in detail to determine the adequacy for reuse within the proposed collections gallery space. MEP Engineering, Inc. presented a number of HVAC options to TXST Facilities for consideration, with an assessment of both temperature and humidity control capability and anticipated project cost. Ultimately, an independent DX-based HVAC system was utilized with active humidity control which allowed for 24-hour operation without the need to operate the full building HVAC system. Existing supply ductwork and zone heaters were reused to minimize project cost and occupant disruption within the larger building function. This renovation project was completed within a continuously occupied facility of higher education.

Project Title:                        The Wittliff Collections Photography Museum

Project Location:               San Marcos, Texas

Owner:                                  Texas State University

Project Size:                        7,200 SF

Total Project Cost:             —

Services Provided:            Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Engineering

MEP Role:                            Subconsultant

Architect:                             GSC Architects