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Hurricane-Proofing the American Muscle Car Museum: Protecting a Priceless Collection in Hurricane Alley

by Bruce B. Lindsay, PE, CEM, ASHRAE Life Member

   For five years, I have driven down Sarno Road in Melbourne, Florida, and have seen the solar photovoltaic (PV) towers behind the American Muscle Car Museum parking lot walls, though I had never truly known the extent of the facility’s design. In October 2021, I attended a private event at the museum and was simply amazed by the collection. I had the privilege of interviewing its owner, Mark Pieloch, and was allocated 15 minutes for a phone call and sent him a list of questions in advance—the call lasted 66 minutes. It was clear Mr. Pieloch was extremely hands-on in its design and very proud of his collection and the museum, which was designed and built to run on 100% renewable energy.