San Francisco State University
Global Museum Exhibition Gallery
In this project, our team provided engineering and telecommunications design solutions for a cutting-edge global museum on the San Francisco State University campus.
Housed in San Francisco State University’s Fine Arts building, this Global Museum serves as a teaching lab for the school’s Museum Studies program, a research resource for scholars, and a Bay Area destination for history lovers. The museum is an institutional member of the California Association of Museums, the national Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, and the American Alliance of Museums (Tier III).
In spaces that contain priceless, centuries-old archaeological artifacts, no environmental detail is unimportant. Temperature, airflow, lighting, and humidity all have the potential to negatively affect delicate artifacts—so it is important to have an experienced and conscientious engineer involved in the design of their storage and display environments. That’s why San Francisco State University trusted Salas O’Brien with the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and telecommunications engineering design for the exhibition gallery in their new Global Museum.
Our team was hired by the museum’s architect to add a dimmable LED track lighting system to the exhibit hall and to ensure that all of the space’s MEP systems, power, and data were optimized and compliant with California’s Title 24 code requirements. Our team modified the existing power and data, completed mechanical and plumbing design services, and customized the electrical design to match the unique lighting needs of the gallery space. Each track section of the finished lighting system can be individually controlled from a separate dimmer panel—a feature that enables user-friendly adjustments for the hall’s varying exhibits.
The Global Museum’s inaugural exhibit featured African, Asian, Oceania, and American pieces curated from the University’s museum studies and anthropology departments, and with the help of our team’s excellent designs, the new space is attracting attention and appreciation from the surrounding community.