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Saturday, May 31 • 2:40pm - 3:00pm
(Collection Care + HVAC Session) Some trends in examining six-years of utility and climate data at the Museum of Modern Art

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Seasonal trends in New York City weather patterns are compared to the museum’s consumption of electricity, gas, and steam between 2006 and 2013. Two locations are compared: the main campus in Manhattan on 53rd street and its storage facility in Long Island City, Queens. The former uses primarily electric and steam while the storage facility electric and gas. Climate data was obtained during the same time period with a frequency of at least twice an hour from a weather station in Central Park operated by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). For the period examined there is a relatively abrupt rise in relative humidity in the Spring and a more gradual drop to lower humidity beginning in late summer and continuing through most of winter. Using conversion factors recommended by the local utility it was possible to plot the three different energy sources on a single graph in terms of kilojoules (KJ). At the museum’s main campus the highest consumption of energy takes place during the winter to provide heat and humidity. However, at the storage facility the largest amount of energy is consumed during the summer and is primarily related to reheating dehumidified air.


Jim Coddington

Chief Conservator, Museum of Modern Art
Jim Coddington is the Agnes Gund Chief Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has a B.A. from Reed College and an M.S. from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum Conservation Program.
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Ana Martins

Conservation Scientist, MoMA
Ana Martins is a Conservation Scientist working in the MoMA Conservation Department since 2008. She has a degree and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Oporto in Portugal where she taught Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis as a Professor of the Faculty of Science... Read More →
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Chris McGlinchey

Conservation Scientist, Museum of Modern Art
Chris joined the Museum of Modern Art in 1999 to setup the science section of the conservation department. Prior to that he worked in the paintings conservation department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he assisted with technical analysis of the collection and the development... Read More →

Saturday May 31, 2014 2:40pm - 3:00pm PDT
Pacific Concourse D-E