Strong Museum - Strong National Museum of Play


112,000 SF of additions including gallery space, butterfly exhibit, play exhibit, future train exhibit and associated support spaces including education spaces and climate controlled artifact storage.  In addition, 44,000 SF of the existing facility is being renovated to accommodate food court/food service and modifications to entry, gift shop and educational areas.  This project is LEED certified to the Silver level.

M/E Role

This project began with a study of the existing 168,000 Strong Museum M/E/P infrastructure which identified a master plan for systems upgrades.  This master plan was integrated with the facility expansion plan and resulted in a new central plant which includes a 400HP boiler plant and a 675 ton chilled water plant, integrated with a 1,000 KW cogeneration facility; a new 11.5KV, 1500 KVA electrical service and associated electrical distribution; 120,000 CFM of new air handling system and upgrades to 200,000 CFM of existing systems; replacement and upgrades to the facilities fire alarm and life safety systems; complete new direct digital control (DDC) energy management system; as well as lighting retrofits throughout the facility.


To provide for new central plant, utility services and M/E/P systems while keeping the facility in operation seven days/week.  In addition, the criteria to provide energy efficient/cost effective solutions was paramount to the Strong Museum.  Working with the Strong Museum and the Trane Company and their M/E/P contracting team, M/E Engineering was able to provide the initial systems analysis and modeling to allow the museum to make informed decisions on systems alternatives and provide a design that allows for the required phasing of the project implementation while meeting the project’s financial and scheduling goals.

Rochester, New York