Minnesota Children's Museum Expansion and Renovation
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
10 West Seventh Street St. Paul, MN 55102
Minnesota Children's Museum Expansion and Renovation
Renovation and Addition | 2017

The Minnesota Children's Museum (MCM) originally opened in September 1995. The Museum is a non-profit community organization that propels wonder and discovery for both children and families. The existing Museum is approximately 65,000 gross square feet. The Museum successfully own creativity within the Twin Cities by sparking children's learning through play. The new addition and renovation of the Museum includes approximately 70,000 gross square feet on four levels. Housing eight indoor galleries, two outdoor galleries, two flexible multipurpose spaces, one café and retail area, a new administration floor, and several public gathering spaces. In each area of the new and renovated Museum, the team strives to include sustainable and performance driven strategies. These strategies include: 1. Commissioning: The commissioning process is a systematic procedure designed to verify quality installation, conformance to construction documents and system performance during each phase of the construction project. 2. Functional testing (after construction): The intent of functionality testing is to evaluate the building components and systems and ensure that the entire "system" as a whole works to achieve the project's intent. For functional testing to provide valid results, the individual components and systems have to be verified to be operating properly. In addition, focus will be placed on ensuring the system is operating as efficiently as possible, while maintaining the owner's indoor air quality and comfort requirements. 3. Staff Training: O&M staff training will be given towards the end of construction. Training sessions will include both hands-on and classroom education. 4. Energy Modeling: Karges-Falconbridge, Inc. (KFI) performed an energy analysis for the Minnesota Children's Museum Renovation and Addition Project. KFI investigated the implications of several design options for the project's Minnesota B3 and Sustainable Buildings 2030 goals, as well as the implications of these design options for achieving LEED certification and for annual utility costs. The design options studied include the Base SD Design, the addition of air side heat recovery, Demand Controlled Ventilation (DCV), automatic daylighting control, and the use of District Energy hot water heating in place of the existing boiler. MCM decided to move forward with District Energy and daylighting control. 5. Design phase daylight modeling was performed with the use of DIVA. This analysis assisted MSR in understanding our baseline condition within the existing building and how several design interventions affected the overall quality and quantity of daylight within the renovated building.


Project Details
LocationSt. Paul, MN
Construction TypeRenovation and Addition
Building TypeMuseum
OrganizationMinnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
OwnerMinnesota Children's Museum
Building Area77,953 sf
Vegetated Area0.1444 acres
Number Of Stories5
Year of Occupancy2017

Design Team
ArchitectMSR Design
Mechanical EngineerKFI, Inc.
Structural EngineerMeyer Borgman Johnson
Civil EngineerLoucks
Commissioning AgentKFI, Inc.
Energy ModelerKFI, Inc.
Electrical EngineerKFI, Inc.
Landscape ArchitectDamon Farber Associates
Building ManagerMinnesota Children's Museum

Design Submission Status
Design Compliance
Operations Submission Status
Operations Compliance

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