Nisga’a Museum + Cultural Centre
The Nisga’a Lisims Nation commissioned the design and construction of a 10,000 sq.ft. Museum and Cultural Centre. In addition to the Museum floor, the facility has a small retail area and multi-purpose meeting spaces.
The facility and associated mechanical systems have been designed to withstand the environmental conditions of the area including significant snow accumulation and frequent power interruptions. AME designed a back-up power generator to ensure the facility would remain open and accessible. The design utilized packaged heat pump units which use less power and will heat the Museum evenly, efficiently, and more economically. High efficiency electric water heaters ensure energy consumption will be much lower than by using natural gas. Low-flow plumbing in the facility will save additional revenue on utility costs.
To ensure adequate water pressure for fire safety, a fire pump assembly for boosting sprinkler line pressure was implemented for the facility. As humidity is a major factor for the Museum and its artifacts, AME designed a space humidification control system. This will ensure that proper ventilation is provided to the conditioned space and will effectively deal with seasonal changes in temperature and air quality.