Teel Family Pavilion, Crocker Art Museum, photo by Bruce Damonte

The Crocker Art Museum

Public assembly buildings of all kinds can be challenging environments when it comes to providing proper environmental control.  Museums bring extra challenges due to the need for proper ventilation and indoor air quality for preservation of priceless artifacts in their collection. The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento California is using technology from Aircuity to manage the quality of the environment within the facility.

The Crocker Art Museum

The Museum has been a prominent element of the California’s Capital since it’s opening in 1885.  In October 2010, the Crocker Art Museum tripled in size through the addition of the Teel Family Pavilion. The Museum implemented Aircuity’s OptiNet system to aid in optimizing indoor air quality within the galleries. The environmental requirement of the exhibit space where artwork is displayed is more critical than conventional office spaces, as many of the artifacts are more sensitive to temperature and humidity than people are. The OptiNet system monitors both temperature and humidity and provides information to the building’s management systems to ensure these stay within limits.  

Additional challenges come from the significant varying population within the museum.  As a result, carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can increase significantly.  CO2 is another aspect of indoor environmental quality monitored by the Optinet system.   Furthermore, OptiNet draws on its popular application in critical environments such as laboratories to help the Museum maintain the indoor environment at optimum levels.  The air is continually monitored for moisture content, airborne particulate, and total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs).  Monitoring all of these variables helps ensure the environment within the Museum meets the needs of the visitors, the artwork, and the staff.

Administrators of the Museum use the information presented by Aircuity’s Knowledge Center to continuously evaluate the environment within the facility.  It also serves to demonstrate to other museums that Crocker is providing an excellent environment for their artifacts.  It’s common for museums to exchange exhibits with each other.  OptiNet helps demonstrate that the Crocker Museum will provide an excellent environment for them to be on display.

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