Eastern State Penitentiary is more than 200 years old. It functioned as a state prison until the 1970s and reopened in the 1990s as a museum that focuses on issues in the United States criminal justice system.
In preparation for the three-year exhibition on mass incarceration, “Prisons Today,” BBA renovated a series of inmate workshops which are part of Cellblock 4. Prior to our work, the cellblock had no heat or air conditioning. The new systems were specified and installed in the most unobtrusive manner possible.
The design is also reversible: all mechanical and electrical systems can be removed and the building restored to its original state using demolished material which was carefully labeled and stored.
Light fixtures for the exhibit utilize a high color rendering and high efficiency source for optimal energy conservation. BBA also designed dimmable LED track lighting system for displays to provide sufficient illuminance while maintaining comfortable light levels for the public and staff. Narrow beam LED lamps accent exhibits and wide beam LED lamps provide general lighting.