Existing Museum HVAC Evaluation
An engineering professional conducted a review of the Bois Forte Heritage Center HVAC systems, their operation, capacity and capability to maintain tight temperature and humidity conditions. In addition, they presented recommendations for addressing current concerns and improving systems performance and efficiency.
The Heritage Center staff intended to better understand the capabilities of the existing HVAC systems serving its 11,000 square foot exhibit, collections storage, office, and support facility. Construction of the building was completed in 2001 and has served the Museum reasonably well during its first decade of operation. The Museum indoor environmental control criteria is 65-70 degrees F and 45-50 percent RH year-round. Although temperature control typically falls within this range, the more critical relative humidity levels vary significantly in and out of the acceptable range.
The completion of this project is the first step in a process that will result in implementing environmental improvements within the building. When the HVAC systems have been upgraded following the recommendations in the report generated as a result of this project, future generations will benefit through better long term preservation of the collections. Heritage Center staff also expect an ancillary benefit of increased energy efficiency resulting a greener facility footprint and lower costs. An additional advantage may be enhanced visitor comfort resulting in a more enjoyable visit to the museum.
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.