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John Michael Kohler Arts Center Art Preserve

On timecompletion

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) Art Preserve is a 56,000 square foot, three-story building that provides exhibition space and storage for more than 25,000 works by art-environment builders. Ahern showcased its multi-trade capabilities by performing the HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection. Installations included two air-cooled chillers, three large air handling units, three humidifiers, and heating hot water and chilled water systems. A total of 474 sprinkler heads were installed, all of which were located on prefabricated pipe from Ahern’s 3D coordination model. A total of 6,289 feet of sprinkler pipe was installed within the facility. Our in-house shops prefabricated everything from the ductwork, sprinkler pipe, components for the heating and chilled water systems for the mechanical rooms, in addition to the small-bore copper piping for the heating system.

The project team was responsive to the various design changes throughout the construction phase in order to meet the fast-paced project schedule. Internally there were multiple coordination efforts, allowing the project team to save time and money. The foreman succeeded in looking ahead and flagging potential issues that in turn reduced the amount of rework needed. The foreman also took special care to consider the construction site's aesthetics because it was an art preserve. This high-profile project was unique with its 12” concrete floors and the need for a temperature and humidity-controlled building to house all of the sensitive artwork.

Expertise Provided

Values Delivered

Meeting Deadlines
  • Project was completed on time
Energy Savings
  • Ahern installed high-efficiency boilers that allow for a 20:1 turndown
  • No OSHA recordables