Heapy designed the Mechanical-Electrical systems to renovate the museum interior and for an addition which provided 40 percent more gallery space. The Italian Renaissance inspired building (built in 1919) includes a gift shop, Art Reference Library, Educator Resource Center, and a full service restaurant and private dining room. The new galleries allow the Art Institute to bring major exhibitions to the Dayton area.
Mechanical design included a new chiller plant (380 ton), upgrade to the boiler plant, and complete new air distribution systems. The HVAC systems included high filtration and gas absorption media, as well as dehumidification, humidification and reheat capability for adjustable, close tolerance control of temperature and humidity on a 24-hour basis. The electrical systems included a new electrical service and distribution, security systems and gallery as well as general lighting. A wet sprinkler system was also incorporated.
The project was completed with a Mechanical-Electrical construction cost of $5,500,000 and a total construction cost of $17,000,000