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Image courtesy Trumpie Photography
Craig Kiner, Project Director, Zaha Hadid Architects on the gallery design
Craig Kiner: Two East is the sister of One East, sharing the same location in plan space, although elevated on Level Two. Spatial complexity and movement are similar to Level One, where visitor experience is tempered by the compression and expansion of space and the proximity to art, at times intimate, though affected by enclosure and movement.
Jeff Johnson, Project Manager, Integrated Design Solutions on lighting in the galleries
Jeff Johnson: So, in the galleries you’ve got multiple levels of lighting: ambient light and you have track lights. Those track lights are obviously contributing to the foot-candle power in the museum or in the gallery itself, but you also have this color balance thing that actually works between the track lights and the fluorescent. So, it really creates a blended average between the two of color and effect. So, you’ve got the power of the track lights and the like. There’s multiple lines of auxiliary systems in the galleries: one of them being the fluorescent; one being the track lights. We have a track that’s power so that you can plug in anywhere along that track for power requirements, and there’s also all of the building surfaces that line up in the galleries as well.
Bill Latta, Assistant Vice President for operations, Michigan State University on the space above the ceiling
Bill Latta: The ceiling height to the deck where the ventilation systems come through, the piping comes through for the conduit for plumbing and electrical and so forth is very, very tight. So, the space is used very efficiently, and that goes back to, again, maximize the gallery space. So, everything had to be very efficient.
Jeff Johnson, Project Manager, Integrated Design Solutions and Justin Barnes, Project Engineer, Barton Malow Company on the construction of the ceiling
Jeff Johnson: Everything on the museum is radial. Walls, vertically and in plan, are radial. Some of them are sloping and the like. But even in the ceiling, there’s no straight line that you can kind of measure one line off of the other, but they’re radial in the ceiling even because this gallery in the northwest is – the north wall and the south wall of the gallery are not parallel, so that means the ceiling surfaces have to also radiate around the same point. And, as you can see, the track lights – the house lights are the white strips between some of the track lights there.
Between the track on that same line as the white strips is a power strip so that you can plug anything in you like. And then, between each of the lights you see a variety of surfaces: sprinkler heads, smoke detectors, occupancy sensors, cameras, to some degree, art hanging points, ceiling access panels, and the like. So, all of the ceiling surfaces, believe it or not, were heavily scrutinized relative to it lining up and even a couple of items moving around even after they were constructed.
Justin Barnes: The radial layouts made it extremely difficult to do pre-installation. What we ended up doing was setting out several of the major defining lines, and then, as Jeff mentioned, basically setting out equidistant marks and striking that line between them from one end of the room to the other and then installing everything to that line, regardless of where it may have wanted to be in space. That’s a trend throughout the building – the lack of parallel, the lack of perpendicular, and, more importantly, the fact that everything is really more concerned with its relation to the other things in the building, rather than a specific fixed point.
So, truly speaking, if this wall happened to be six inches out of alignment for some reason, everything else wanted to be equally as wrong to make sure that that proportions were matched. We actually set a local coordinate system up here on the job, tied that to existing components of the building, and, basically, what we were doing is validating where the existing components were and then trying to adjust the future activities off of the existing as-built conditions. Rather than just building them in space, like you would traditionally do with BIM coordination, means that this light is gonna be where this light is gonna be, regardless of where everything else is, when, in fact, we wanted to do the opposite here. We wanted this light to be halfway between this sprinkler head and that smoke detector, so it was sometimes easier to go backwards and install that sprinkler head and that smoke detector, take a tape measure, find the center point, and install it there.