Museum of Science & History to Receive Upgrades

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX –  At a recent regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo and the City Council approved a $1.4 million dollar construction contract to Pro-Tech Mechanical of Corpus Christi for the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing improvements at the Museum of Science & History located in Council District 1. Funding for this project comes from the Facility Maintenance Capital Fund and Energy Public Property Finance Capital Fund.

"Our Museum of Science and History is a vital educational institution in our community. Your City Council and I are committed to providing the necessary repairs and construction to keep the Museum of Science and History thriving for generations to come," Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo said.

 The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History was established in 1952 and is located in the Sports, Entertainment, and Arts (S.E.A.) district of the City. The Museum serves over 100,000 visitors and promotes history, science exploration, and educational programming. The Museum is also the repository for hundreds of thousands of artifacts and historically significant items in its nearly 100,000 sq. ft. facility. The Museum operates year-round, and the City is responsible for all maintenance and repairs to the museum facilities.

The existing boiler and pumps have failed on multiple occasions, severely impacting HVAC capabilities, presenting risks to the building and contents inside. Water leaks, climate control, and humidity control have been common issues. The City has made many attempts to repair and extend the piping system's life, but the mechanical systems' have exceeded the maintainable life cycle of approximately 20 to 25 years. The boiler and piping systems must be replaced to prevent further water damage to the building. The new HVAC system will resolve the issues that the Museum of Science and History has been facing and improve energy efficiency.

City procured Bath Engineering to redesign the boiler and the entire hot and chilled water piping system. The design includes upgrades to maintain HVAC piping water quality. The project will be completed in a manner that there is a reduced impact and downtime on museum operations. The new design will mitigate risk to the many priceless exhibits currently in danger on display in the facility.

The project is anticipated to take 3-4 months, with construction beginning in April 2021. For the latest information on the activities the Museum of Science & History has to offer please visit

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