Goggle Works


Project Type: Commercial
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Project Completed: December 1, 2005
Square Footage: 138,000 sf
Total M/E Construction Cost: $0
Architects: Olsen/deTurck Architects

Special Features:
Fully conditioned spaces with limited floor to floor heights and poor building envelope Flexible design to accommodate mixed use High efficient heat pump system with dehumidification Special track lighting and controls for gallery spaces

The GoggleWorks, a center for the arts, was conceived as the art focal point for Berks County, Pennsylvania. Housed in a renovated post World War II factory building, it was previously home to Wilson Safety Products. The center contains multiple gallery spaces, studio spaces, a wood shop, theatre, dance studios, ceramics studio and a glass blowing facility.
Consolidated Engineers designed the HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, lighting and security systems for this building. A high efficient heat pump system with dehumidification cycles was used to maintain comfort and proper temperature and humidity conditions for artwork on display in the galleries. The ventilation system was designed to achieve comfort levels in difficult high heat areas including glass blowing and ceramics.