National Museum of the U.S. Army Enlists Radiant System for Climate Control

Article | Plumbing & Mechanical Engineer

After more than a 240-year history, the United States Army was recognized and celebrated with the opening of the National Museum of the U.S. Army (NMUSA). NMUSAopened its doors on Veterans Day in November 2020 but was closed on December 14, 2020 due to COVID-19.

Recently, NMUSA reopened to the public on June 14, 2021. The museum, which occupies more than 80 acres of grounds in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, features 185,000 square feet of exhibition and support space. A 25-ton M3 Bradley Cavalry fighting vehicle used to transport soldiers in 2003 was one of the first artifacts to be installed in the museum. As part of the project team, Southland Industries was tasked with designing the radiant floor to accommodate the museum’s heavy artillery and precious artifacts on display. In partnership with REHAU, the Southland team worked to accommodate the various exhibits by placing the pipe deeper than usual into the slabs. “The system is efficient enough that we could take it out and still meet the load necessary to heat and cool the space,” said Mike Morder, Design Engineer, Southland Industries.

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