Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer
Grand Island, Nebraska
Original plans for the Stuhr Building were designed by renowned architect, Edward Durrell Stone. During the initial construction many features were replaced by more affordable options. This restoration provided the design team an opportunity to reinstate elements of Stone’s original design that presented the clean, sleek, and open aesthetic he intended.
Alvine Engineering assisted the museum with master planning in 2008 and was part of the design team for the facility’s renovation. This project replaced the 2-story, 28,000-square-foot building’s HVAC, plumbing, power, lighting, fire suppression systems, and restored the building façade.
- To achieve precise environmental conditions desired for a museum, the HVAC system subcools supply air to dehumidify, then reheats air to the exact supply air temperature setpoint.
- In the second-floor gallery, radiators had been built into the walls–breaking the visual lines of the space. These were replaced with floor vents, de-cluttering the space and restoring the architect’s original design aesthetic.
- Exterior lights in the planters around the building were replaced with new LED in-grade lights to restore the original “glow at night” feature.
Photography credit: Kessler Photography