Port of Ludington Museum



LEED Silver Certified






The history of Ludington, Michigan, began where Pere Marquette Lake and Lake Michigan join, so it is fitting that its history as a harbor will be presented in a facility overlooking that channel. The 9,300 square foot home of the new museum will be the former Coast Guard station on the channel.

Since 1999, the Mason County Historical Society (MCHS) had been contemplating the develop­ment of a museum in the station.

Renovations to the exterior of the former Coast Guard Station will bring it back as closely as possible to its appearance when built in 1934. There will be street parking available near the museum as well as additional nearby lots developed by the city. An exhibit and historical marker will discuss the structure, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Brownfield Redevelopment
Remediation of asbestos in the existing vermiculite insulation was found to be necessary but well within the strategy and philosophy of reuse of a structurally sound and well-sited building.

The project is located at the west end of the city, with water on two sides. However, the site maintains connectivity with existing services and infrastructure so as not to burden development costs. No new parking will be added and over 70% of the site will be vegetated open space.

Water Use
Through the use of low-flow, pressure-assisted toilets and sensor lavatory faucets, the project will demonstrate a 40% reduction in baseline indoor water use. On the exterior, due to the use of native plants and natural irrigation, the baseline water savings are 100%.

The cost of energy is calculated to be 27.78% below the ASHRAE baseline, achieved through the use of seven water source heat pump (WSHP) systems which are served by a geothermal well pump. The condensing boilers for the water heating equipment will be high-efficiency (90%+). Ventilation air for maintaining indoor air quality conditions is provided by air-to-air energy recovery heat ventilators. A direct digital control system with electronic thermostats and equipment modules will control the HVAC equipment. LED lighting fixtures provide primary lighting for the interior. Main exhibit space lighting will be controlled by the central relay control system with occupied and unoccupied modes.

As with most LEED projects, the Museum construction process includes maximum diversion of construction waste, at least 20% recycled content and at least 20% regional content for new materials purchased for the renovation.

Indoor Air Quality
Materials that emit volatile organic compounds (adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring, composite wood) met or the LEED requirements for those categories.

Sustainability Goals and Challenges
Project developers determined early on that LEED Certification should be a goal for the project because they expected that LEED will enhance the educational and operational goals of the project, and it is good fit for the mission of the project – one that both looks back in terms of content, and looks forward in terms of future use and community enhancement. Challenges included a project split between exterior work under one contract and interior work under a different contract (funding sources varied), requiring that Catalyst work with two general contractors rather than just one.

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