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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art



SFMOMA's new building, the largest of its kind in the U.S., blends art and science to provide an environment that delights patrons while protecting priceless collections.

SFMOMA's Expansion project added a new 10-story tower and renovated the existing museum building. The combined facility's 145,000 square feet of interior gallery space make SFMOMA the largest modern art museum in the country. Enovity supported SFMOMA with LEED commissioning of the project, including the HVAC, controls, lighting, domestic hot water, emergency power, landscape irrigation, and smoke control systems.

Unifying the new tower with the existing museum building required some creative design thinking. Exceptional collaboration between the mechanical engineer, the controls contractor, the museum's Chief Engineer, and Enovity's commissioning team—from the design phase through construction and into occupancy—was the key to delivering a HVAC system that meets the museum's strict environment control requirements while using substantially less energy than a traditional museum.

Other unique features of the project include:

  • 100% LED lighting throughout the gallery spaces (which required flexibility in commissioning as the designers and museum staff optimized lighting schemes after installing artwork)
  • A living wall featuring more than 16,000 plants (sensors connected to the building management system alert facility staff of any interruptions to the irrigation)
  • Critical environments including film storage rooms (one "cool" and one "cold", each with dedicated air conditioning systems to maintain precise temperature and humidity levels)

The new SFMOMA opened to the public in May 2016 and earned LEED Gold certification.