York County History Center

Renovations to the York County History Steam Plant to Create New Museum

Barton Associates is providing MEP design and construction services for 51,780 square feet of renovations and additions to the York County History Center, formerly the Met-Ed steam plant. The project will create exhibit, library, archive, and event spaces and service as the organization’s headquarters.

Systems include a full sprinkler system, new plumbing with high efficiency water heaters, high-efficiency hot water boilers, and an air-cooled chiller with water-side economizer. HVAC systems exhibit areas include controls for both low- and high-humidity control using central station air handling units, variable air volume control, and digital controls.

An archival storage space is being provided with clean agent fire protection and narrow tolerance environmental conditions for special paper and film storage. The electrical system includes a new normal power service and a gas-fired emergency generator. Lighting is LED throughout with track lighting coordinated with the exhibit designs. Communications systems include fiber backbone and horizontal cabling and distribution, equipment racks, telephone/paging, sound distribution system, and addressable fire alarm.

Project Overview

total Sq Ft

51,780 sq. ft.

Total Cost

$17.5 million


Spring 2024

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