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Figge Art Museum

Recently named one of the 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die, the Figge Art Museum is the centerpiece of a major city redevelopment initiative in Davenport, Iowa.  With an award-winning design by British architect David Chipperfield, the museum is truly awe-inspiring.  It is also highly energy efficient, thanks to innovative solutions by ENTEC.


“When we moved into our new facility we faced a number of unresolved mechanical system issues. Not only did ENTEC solve these problems, but their solutions paid back immediately in lower energy costs and energy efficiency incentives.”

Bob DeBlaey, Facilities Manager

The mechanical systems serving the Figge Art Museum are indeed world class.  Even so, at the end of the construction process, the owner faced a number of unforeseen circumstances that compromised the energy efficiency and mechanical system reliability of the facility.  
MidAmerican Energy, the energy company serving the museum, had promised significant incentive compensation for the energy saving technologies implemented in the design.  Unfortunately, because the mechanical system was not operating as predicted, the museum received less than 75% of the original incentive.
The museum’s concerns were more than financial.  In order to display the world’s most impressive art collections, the Figge Art Museum had to meet exacting Smithsonian qualifications for temperature and humidity control.  The museum was in danger of falling short of the Smithsonian environmental control criteria until ENTEC’s mechanical and control system expertise, combined with unparalleled commitment to customer satisfaction, transformed uncertainty to unmitigated success.
ENTEC and the Weidt Group, the verification consultant responsible for documenting building energy efficiency, worked together to implement energy efficient solutions that increased the initial incentive payment by over 63%.  The Delta Controls building automation system designed and implemented by ENTEC now provides precise control of temperature and humidity throughout the galleries.
ENTEC’s attention to detail and extensive understanding of the Figge mechanical system also provided the basis for crafting cost effective energy solutions that resulted in a 229% return on investment and ensured the museum would meet the rigid Smithsonian qualifications necessary to display works of art worthy of the impressive facility.
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