Fitchburg, MA

Fitchburg Art Museum

Project came in under budget and optimized financial incentives from a local utility to further reduce costs.

Tucker Mechanical workers installing new piping for a chilled water riser

Value Delivered

Tucker Mechanical designed and executed a comprehensive HVAC equipment replacement plan and installed a new controls system for this 20,000 square foot art museum. We partnered with the local electrical utility to select equipment that would provide financial incentives or rebates from the utility.

The project was phased in close cooperation with museum staff to help limit disruption to museum operations and ensure proper care was taken to maintain conditions for the art collection. Our team was able to achieve the museum’s goals for tight control of temperature and relative humidity through all museum spaces, with the overall project coming in well under budget.

Client Objectives

The museum needed a mechanical contractor that could fully design and implement a comprehensive HVAC system replacement plan, while concurrently installing a full-scale HVAC control system. 

Key considerations for system selection were:

  • Straightforward and economical operation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Precise temperature and relative humidity setpoints to protect the art collection
  • Consistent comfort for staff and visitors

The museum also needed to limit disruption to regular operations, while maintaining the safety and integrity of their extensive collection.


Our team replaced HVAC equipment and installed controls for the following:

  • Split heat pump systems 
  • Energy recovery ventilators
  • High efficiency gas-fired boilers and circulators
  • Variable air volume (VAV) air handler
  • Split air conditioning system
  • Electric steam humidification system
  • Campus-wide control system for all new equipment
  • Upgrade controls for existing VAV boxes

Client Background

The Fitchburg Art Museum is the leading cultural institution in north-central Massachusetts and is home to a permanent collection of over 7,000 objects.