Site Preparations

The outline below includes assumptions that have been made regarding the condition of spaces that will receive exhibits, and issues to consider when selecting sites for Energy Education Centers (EECs). Sites conforming to assumptions are candidates for installation of standardized exhibits. Exhibit customization may be required if the exhibits are to be located in existing spaces that do not meet these basic criteria. It is suggested that these assumptions be used as site selection criteria during EEC planning.

Architectural Assumptions

  • Floor area: 1,500 gsf to 6,000 gsf
  • Ceiling height: 10’-0” min. desired; 9’-6” required
  • Exits required: 2 for > 49 occupants
  • Accessibility requirements apply at building interior and exterior
  • Natural light: desirable but not required
  • Fire sprinklers are recommended
  • Reception area recommended
  • Site office required
  • Server room required

Structural Assumptions

Seismic Reinforcement:

  • Review by a licensed structural engineer is recommended for exhibits and exhibit installations that will be located in seismically active regions; exhibit units are not seismically reinforced


  • Concrete floor slab, elevated or on grade
  • 100 psf uniformly distributed live load min.
  • 2,000 lbs concentrated live load min.
  • Field verify bearing capacity of floor structure
  • FF 20 (floor flatness) min.; FL 17 (floor levelness) min.


  • Gypsum wall board on 20 GA metal stud framing; blocking anchored to studs or building structure as required
  • Poured-in-place concrete
  • Concrete masonry units
  • Brick masonry


  • Bracing or attachment of exhibits to ceiling structure is not required.

Existing Finishes Assumptions

See Interior Finishes.


  • New gypsum wall board (GWB) or acoustic ceiling tile (ACT) recommended
  • Exposed structure and equipment painted black
  • Acoustic ceiling tile suspended from deck above
  • Existing acoustic ceiling tile painted
  • Acoustic paint on GWB
  • Acoustic plaster on GWB


  • Patching and painting required
  • New blocking required at selected locations


  • Replacement likely required

Systems Assumptions


  • Sufficient cooling for equipment and assembly occupancy
  • Modifications to air distribution are likely to be required
  • Configuration flexibility and reserve capacity in existing equipment

Server Room(s):

  • Special power and cooling requirements apply

Toilet Rooms:

  • In quantities required to serve assembly occupancy


  • Combination of track lighting and recessed fixtures preferred
  • Exhibit panels and I-Wall can be fitted with lighting
  • Area lighting: 15 fc
  • See Site Requirements for light levels at individual exhibit units


  • As required for lighting, exhibits, equipment and servers


  • Internet connectivity required; exhibit servers are freestanding
  • Wireless with internet connectivity (dedicated, stand alone, broadband internet connection provided by local ISP)

Life Safety:

  • Life safety systems, exit signs, emergency lighting and fire alarms as required to serve assembly occupancy

Site Considerations

  • Parking: as required per local zoning codes and to serve assembly occupancy
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Exterior signage

Program Considerations

  • Arrival sequence/experience and visitor management from site access to exhibit exit
  • Staging of visitor groups
  • Placement in communities near/adjacent to nuclear facility
  • Pair EEC with additional conference facilities for company and community use


  • A building permit will likely be required for base building work to accommodate exhibits
  • Accessibility requirements in ADA/ANSI 117.1 & local building codes apply
  • Exhibit installations are subject to code requirements for life safety including those governing means of egress; at least (1) accessible means of egress is required
  • Zoning regulations may apply
  • Zoning codes may impact parking requirements