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Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute (Utica, NY 13502-4764)
Anna Tobin D'Ambrosio (Project Director: December 2014 to present)
Ronald Draper (Co Project Director: October 2015 to present)
Ronald Draper (Co Project Director: October 2015 to present)

Climate Control System Improvements-Planning Phase

A collaborative planning project to assess climate control in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute’s (MWPAI) 1960 Philip Johnson-designed gallery space, and then to upgrade, repair, or adjust the HVAC system accordingly.  The project would culminate in a detailed plan for improvements to the museum’s climate control system and building envelope.

Working with Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute will determine professional standards for climate conditions appropriate for the preservation of the world renowned collection in its Philip Johnson designed Museum of Art building.  Based upon these determinations a study will be conducted by Intelligent Converted Energy (ICE), recognized authorities in the field of sustainable climate control systems, to determine the sources of fluctuations in temperature and humidity in the Museum building.  The study will focus on a wide range of possible improvements to the HVAC system including ductwork, dehumidification/humidification, mixing boxes and controls, as well as possible changes to the building envelope.  ICE will provide a plan for the implementation of these improvements that will provide long term human resource and energy savings and more consistent control of the structure's exhibition space climate.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$38,010 (approved)
$37,015 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 9/30/2016