Sneak Peek Of The New Highline Heritage Museum

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Last week we were invited to a special presentation that revealed the new plans for the Highline Heritage Museum, which will be built at 819 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien at Ambaum Blvd., where Karuna Yoga is now.

Highline Historical Society
Director Cyndi Upthegrove spoke about the new museum, along with Architect Tim Rohleder.

The museum will be housed in a brand new building with some rather innovative features, including:

  • Interesting “box-on-box” styled building (see pics below)
  • Innovative circulation system that utilizes natural cooling from underground
  • A large room suitable for Smithsonian traveling exhibits (making it the only Smithsonian-suitable museum in the area)
  • Unique ground floor windows with the faces of local pioneers (again, see photos below)

According to Cyndi, the museum will include some rather unusual (and ambitious) elements:

“The environmental system for the building will be geo-thermal. In this particular application we will be digging 25 pits to around 250 deep below the ground to a place where the temperature is a steady 57 degrees.  Tubes of liquid will circulate through these pits and a heat exchanger will heat and air condition the building using the temperature of the liquid in the tubes. For example, rather than bringing in 37 degree air and heating it to 68 degrees for the building in the winter, we will be using liquid that is already 57 degrees, not needing as much energy to bring the building to the required temp. For a slightly increased installation cost, we will install a system that will pay for itself in energy savings in 5-7 years, and perhaps sooner.

The upstairs gallery will not be developed with permanent exhibits.  Rather, it will be used for temporary and traveling exhibits.  The Society is working with the Smithsonian Institution to become a Smithsonian Affiliate Institution, making it possible to obtain artifacts and exhibits for long term exhibition. It is our intention to use Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Services (SITES) several times a year, as well as other nationally recognized traveling exhibit services to bring changing and interesting materials to the Highline community. The entire building has been designed with the security and environmental conditions in mind to house good traveling exhibits.”

Here are some photos provided by Rohleder Borges Architecture, the architects of the design:

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

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