Based on an earlier collections storage assessment, a consultant team led by the firm began planning a new off-site collection storage and support facility on a museum-owned site near the campus. With an initial size of about 80,000 SF, the new facility will expand to over 300,000 SF in future phases. Initial designs were based on utilizing concrete tilt-wall construction capable of withstanding a category 5 hurricane. The building envelope and mechanical/electrical systems were designed for high energy efficiency and to maintain a collections preservation environment. The Museum's desire for sustainability led to serious consideration of the use of ground source geo-thermal wells for cooling, and micro-turbines or fuel cells for electricity generation. In addition to the large variety of storage rooms and equipment characteristics, large cold and cool storage rooms have been planned to accommodate the Museum's rapidly expanding collection of chromogenic photographic materials and of objects made from a variety of unstable synthetic materials.