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Living Computers: Museum + Labs

Living Computers: Museum + Labs

Living Computers: Museum + Labs

2016 ABC Excellence in Construction Award – Electrical & Communications Category

Living Computers: Museum + Labs (LCM) is Paul Allen’s latest project, which features a large collection of supercomputers, mainframes, minicomputers and microcomputers. The purpose of this museum is to provide a hands-on educational experience with fully restored and operational computers.

This museum is in the SODO district in Seattle and occupies 60,000 square feet in a 1930s warehouse that was completely gutted.

SME began this project in early 2012 with the construction of the original museum space on the second floor of the building, which was dedicated to displays of functioning vintage computers and related items. This space included a large of section of exhibit area, which was constructed as a server room. Power and data raceways were designed and installed in the raised floor underneath the relevant exhibit sections. Later, we built out the third floor as the museum’s administrative offices.

After the initial museum opening, LCM expanded their operations with 2,100 square feet of (3) Labs/classrooms, and an additional 9,400 square feet of museum space offering experiences with robotics, a self-driving car, virtual reality, video game creation and much more. The museum's exhibits now occupy two floors.

Glass design by Julie Conway, Illuminata Art Glass Design LLC

First Floor - Scope of Work

Design-build installation of LED lighting (general lighting, display track lighting, hand blown custom chandelier in the featured stairwell, LCM featured “HELLO WORLD” sign), lighting control system, power outlets located throughout for museum displays and labs, unistrut grid to support track lighting and sign displays, power connections to mechanical equipment, voice and data communications, fire alarm system upgrades, and relocation of several electrical branch circuit panels.

This was a design-build electrical project. Because of the fast start of construction, electrical drawings were still in design during the initial stages of the project. The electrical design evolved as the museum exhibit spaces developed – a museum like this had never been done before.

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