President's Park Visitors Center
A solution was needed for visitor information and screening, to include retail sales, during the 15 months rehabilitation of the White House Visitor Center. Modular Genius provided a 1,400 sqft modular building consisting of two 14’ x 50’ units with special attention paid to interior and exterior details. The layout is wide open with assembly type seating for viewing presentation videos of the White House tour. Upgraded casework was used for the display counters and display boards with upgraded display lighting. Security, planning, and coordination were critical, as this building was being installed on the White House grounds. It was installed in a secure area that required special planning around security barriers. Units could only deliver within a limited timeframe, with USS assistance, so White House activity was not disrupted. The temporary visitor’s center was installed at the Ellipse in President’s Park, Washington DC, for the National Capital Region, Nation Parks Service.
The HVAC had to be designed to handle 128 occupants, while running efficiently; two 5-ton York efficiency rooftop HVAC units were used. These were chosen for best security and aesthetics. Upgraded fresh air intakes were installed to meet high occupancy loads and airflow. Modular construction provided a quick and less disruptive installation. All finishes were critical to ensure that the building had a permanent appearance. Interior finishes consisted of upgraded carpet, acoustical ceilings, and vinyl cover gypsum walls throughout the building. The exterior was upgraded HardiePlank horizontal lap siding with trim, a 45 mil epdm roof system, upgraded windows and doors designed to meet high assembly use, as well as high security. All windows, doors, and solar skylight tubes were equipped with intrusion devises and interconnected for the highest security available. The fire alarm system and security intercom system provide incomparable security and safety within the building.
Energy efficiency was accomplished by constructing the building with (a) R-22 insulation in the floor, (b) R-19 insulation in the exterior walls, (c) R-41 insulation in the roof, and (d) an energy efficient rooftop package HVAC system with duct and programmable thermostats. Additionally, high performance double insulated low e-clear windows with argon gas were installed to provide additional efficiency, especially with the cross winds from the open fields throughout the different seasons. To ensure further heating and cooling efficiency, all exterior doors were commercial steel insulated with aluminum insulated frames. Skylights were provided to allow natural light in the building and to help with the overall lighting efficiency.