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Seek and Find!

Installation of a new heating and ventilation system is a funny process because it starts off uncomfortably, as temperatures are prone to spike (hello bikinis in January!) and fall (where is my sweater?!), with the whole process finishing as though nothing happened at all.

I thought I would share with you the illusive process of installing a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit visually. One of my favorite things to do when I was growing up was play Seek and Find. A variation of Hide and Seek, Seek and Find is a game where you look for something located in the open. As the Museum undergoes installation of a new HVAC system, our visitors, volunteers and staff are often presented with a Seek and Find of their own and I would like to challenge you to spot the differences!

Can you spot the differences in the pictures below?

Before and after comparison of the same room, one showing lots of construction, the other shows after construction is complete.

Here is what you may have noticed:

Large room with tables, chairs and plants and four areas circled in yellow.

Unless you were really seeking, you might not necessarily find all of the changes in this space. There are four major things to note, with the easiest find being our new coat check. Visitors now have a space to keep their belongings as they move throughout the exhibition.

The second find is above the ceiling. This space is now home to our air circulation units. In order to house these units, we had to extend the mezzanine to allow for more space. A concrete pump brought concrete from the far side of the building, up and over the roof to allow our contractor to infill the extended floor. Once the concrete had cured, the units had to be put into place. In order to get them up to the mezzanine, they had to be lifted by a crane from the water-side of the building. There is a very narrow street between the building and the harbour and each unit had to be carefully brought up and above the water to make its way into the mezzanine. It was truly incredible watching the units lifted into place!

The third change is the heater along the windows of the Pavillion. These heaters are located throughout the building and are programmed through a super computer. Glycol heats and cools the building (with heat coming out of these floor heaters) and the whole process is energized by natural gas. The natural gas is more efficient than our previous electric system. With the addition of bottom-up heating (versus top-down), each space will feel warmer during those cold Atlantic storms!

The fourth thing you may have noticed in this picture is the addition of air ducts. With more air being circulated throughout the space, we are now better able to acclimatize the building. More air flow equals more temperature control.

Remove the lift and caution tape and bring back the tables, chairs and trees and there is once again a beautiful gathering space in the Chrysler Canada Welcome Pavillion.

Thank you for playing!