Thanks to all who responded to my request for help with temperature and humidity requirements for collections. Some good points were brought up, including staying out of basements, which we've done battle over in the past. Believe it or not, our Agriculture Building was actually built on a natural spring; thus, sump pumps are running continuously. Brilliant. As you would predict, the basement has flooded a few times. Fortunately, we're on the top floor. We'll see what happens as the dean considers his options; at least now his decision will be an informed one...
On May 30, 2020, at 12:13 PM, Brower, Andrew V - APHIS <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
National mycology, nematode and slide-mounted insect collections are housed in periodically leaky basements/ground floors in Beltsville MD. Gives a whole new meaning to a collection of molds!
Maybe try for a floor in the library – at least it is engineered for the weight.
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Your comment about pushing museums into basements reminds me that the same situation occurred when plans were made for the “new” (early 1980s) Comstock Hall at Cornell. A strong expression of FULL faculty support with historical and alumni/donor perspectives was critical in stopping the bean counters’ efforts to put the collection in the basement. Bob, you may want to have support from your faculty and alums, at least in your pocket, when you deal with your dean and his buddies.
Don't forget fire protection, and being above the drain line in case of flooding, either from outside or inside. They love to suggest basements!
MikeOn 5/29/2020 4:09 PM, Sites, Robert W. wrote:Dear ECN friends,
I need a little help. Two old buildings that house members of our Plant Sciences Division are slated to be razed later this year and our dean, in his infinite wisdom as a former food scientist, is leaning toward moving the Enns Entomology Museum and our 7 million specimens out of the Agriculture Building to elsewhere on campus so that there will be space for the displaced faculty and labs to move in. Elsewhere has not been identified yet, so it's not too late. We are making the case that temperature and humidity for the collection must be maintained within certain values. So, in trying to steer him into leaving us where we are, I need the tightest window of acceptable temperature and humidity that I can document and justify. Please help me with that. If it's too expensive to make another location acceptable, we have a chance to be left alone.
Any other approaches to justify not moving the collection that the dean might find compelling would also be most appreciated.
Michael A. Ivie, Ph.D., F.R.E.S.
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