The new museum will be a 113,000 SF building consisting of three stories plus a penthouse over a partial basement.
The current museum serves about 90,000 patrons yearly, and the new facility hopes to double that. There will be new features, including a Native American gallery with rotating artworks and artifacts, as well as galleries with windows where patrons will be able to watch museum lab staffers and scientists work to preserve artifacts. This style of exhibit is currently being tested at the old museum, where staffers are cleaning Tyrannosaurus Rex bones that the Burke paleontologists discovered in Montana in 2016.
The commissioning process for this project has required substantial coordination with the University of Washington staff and stakeholders, including a new process called Transition to Occupancy (T2O). T2O includes new, University of Washington specified deliverables to deliver project information seamlessly to the UW operations and maintenance staff. These T2O deliverables are then incorporated into the computerized maintenance management system so that future UW staff will be able to use this knowledge and lessons learned to improve preventive maintenance and reduce equipment downtime.
As part of the scope of work for this project, commissioned systems included the air handling system, chilled/condenser water system, boilers, feed pumps, ventilation and air distribution systems, unitary heating and cooling, laboratory ventilation system, exhaust systems, building automation and temperature controls, air and hydronic distribution systems, domestic water, main service and distribution, lighting control system, and emergency power.