Acentech provided security and telecommunications consulting for the design of Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, a new, 40,000 sf museum in Philadelphia, PA. Situated in the heart of ‘American’s Most Historic Square Mile’ on Independence Mall, the FLDC opened to the public in 2021 with an enlivened streetscape, new public amenities, wayfinding, and highly interactive experiences for visitors.
The museum hired JacobsWyper Architects, an award-winning Philadelphia design firm, in 2015. JacobsWyper worked closely with the entire consulting team, which included Local Projects, an exhibit and experiential design firm based in New York City (who have won prestigious awards for their interactive design at the 9/11 Museum and Memorial.)
Acentech’s Technology Group designed the security system, WiFi network and telecommunications system. The security system includes discrete networked video cameras, card readers and sensors for the access control system. This integrated system is monitored 24 x7 and provides peace of mind for the museum staff. The WiFi network is a robust wireless system that provides coverage for interactive exhibits and museum visitors. The integrated telecommunications system is a high-speed 10 Gigabit system connecting all communications devices in the museum with the appropriate building systems and service providers. Our team collaborated with the design team from early programming and conceptual design through construction.
The new museum’s mission—to encourage exploration of the Bible as an historical and cultural force, and encourage visitors to reflect on its influence on our country’s past, present and future—now comes alive in the new exhibit spaces through the creative use of technology and architectural design.