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Phase II - Conservation Center, Energy Center and Fire Station
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Phase II - Conservation Center, Energy Center and Fire Station

A Conservation Center (CC), Energy Center (EC), Fire Station and an initial spur of artifact tunnel were constructed. This phase, which extended for 18 months, started on 7 th of July 2006 and ended on 2 nd of April 2008.

The Conservation Center
GEM Conservation Center facility is designed to be one of the world`s largest and best equipped Center of Egyptology Conservation and Research. The facilities are to serve as a regional, center for conservation activities. Originally, the Conservation Center was located in the main museum building. This has been modified and the conservation building was detached as a separate structure, which is now completed and operational. This phasing sequence allows the bulk of the 100,000 artifact collections to be conserved, photographed, documented, and prepared for exhibition while the main museum building itself is under construction. The conservation facilities will be continue to operate during the construction of the main museum. The conservation building is surrounded by a security fence. The building has its own independent energy plan operational to support its energy requirements. The CCEC site`s total area is 77,460 square meters and is provided with all auxiliary security gates, service rooms, internal roads and facilities.
CCEC Project Site
The CCEC buildings are located at the west border of GEM site, overlooked by Remayah Housing Community and separated from the housing by the service road to the GEM. A buffer zone of trees is being planted to provide privacy and security to the passage of artifact delivery from outside intrusion. The building was lowered 10 meters below street level to enhance security which has the added benefit of allowing efficient techniques to construct a retaining wall with the entire length of the east side of the Conservation Center access road and delivery yard. The architectural design of the CCEC is coordinated closely with surrounding landscape design. The conservation facilities and energy center are situated largely underground to be virtually invisible except for sunken access roads and delivery areas. Dropping the CCEC buildings below the level of the Plateau would allow the Desert Park to flow uninterrupted over the roof of buildings minimizing their impact in the landscape. An incision was created at the site boundary to create the dropped yard to the front of the conservation center. This dropped yard allows access to the CCEC buildings below ground level and provides parking spaces.
Handing-Over Phase
The completion of the construction phase of the Conservation Center site and the commencement of the handing-over phase for operation necessitated specialized conservation committees to be dispatched from ICCROM and UNESCO to give consultation and advice on the operation of the conservation building and on the suitability and appropriateness of equipment installed in the building, as well as on the organization structure and qualifications of the personnel intended to operate the building. In July 2008, workshops, discussion sessions and site visits were conducted, with three experts from ICCROM who were invited to tour the building. All specialized equipment installed in coordination with M.E.P. systems were explained. All special requirements for X-Ray rooms, fumigation rooms, air extract systems, handling of hazardous materials and waste were investigated. It was noted that the design had considered all the specialized installations and equipment utilized in conservation. Experts of JICA advised GEM on equipment and Fixed installation, during a sequence of workshops and discussion sessions throughout a whole year.
Conservation Center labs
The Electric Energy Station
The EES contains the central air-condition and the environmental control system to supply energy to the conservation center. The same station is used as an alternate station for the main building of the museum in case of emergency.
The Fire Station
The station is equipped with fire–resistance equipments and tools. It is managed and operated by the Civil Protection Authority to safeguard the museum and its neighborhood.