CULTURALClay Center for the Arts and Sciences, VA

Project Profile: Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, Virginia

Project: Museum & Performing Arts Security

Scope of Work: The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences is one of the most ambitious cultural and educational projects in the history of West Virginia. It is a culmination of two decades of planning and construction in the state’s capital city. The Clay Center includes a premier art museum, a first-class performing arts center featuring a performance hall, a state-of-the-art science center with two floors of exhibit space, a planetarium, a 70-mm large-format film theater, as well as virtual and hands-on educational programs.

While security is the central focus, its visual prominence blends with the aesthetic to avoid out-of-place disharmony. The result is a safe, welcoming place for young and old alike to enjoy its many offerings.

Professional Systems Engineering, LLC designed the security system on a fast track schedule. The following engineering services and tasks were included in this project.


  • Secure site analysis
  • Physical and electronic security recommendations
  • Security report with basis of design guidelines
  • Inconspicuous security to assure aesthetic blend
  • Coordination with interiors/architectural needs
  • Secure planning for varied exhibits and performances


  • Assisted owner during bidding process and aided in evaluation of bids
  • Reviewed all schedule of values, subcontractors, shop drawings, product data, samples, applications for payment, and change orders
  • Preformed job-site inspections during progress meetings
  • Determined the dates of substantial and final completion
  • Prepared punch lists
  • Conducted closeout project site walk-through


  • CCTV surveillance
  • Digital recording systems
  • Card Access control
  • Museum grade CCTV design
  • Complete door security/control
  • Full motion/heat acoustical detection systems
Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston, WV
Museum and Performing Arts Security
Professional Systems Engineering, LLC
Technology Design for Museums
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