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Shippensburg University Student Recreation Center Structural Services

High-performance facility supports the fitness and well-being of students.
  • Ample use of daylight brightens Shippensburg University Student Recreation Center-Gannett Fleming

    Ample use of daylighting throughout the facility helps conserve energy.

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Joint venture with Spillman Farmer Architects

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Our Role
Civil/Site, Structural, Geotechnical, Mechanical/Plumbing, Electrical, Construction Management, Commissioning.

64,000 square feet
Construction Cost
$12 million
New Construction
  • Facility supports student wellness and aids in student retention
  • Sustainable features like daylight harvesting decrease utility dependence.

For its new student recreation center, Shippensburg University leaders envisioned a facility that would both support the well-being of its student body and aid in the recruitment and retention of diverse, high-achieving students. The university also wanted an environmentally responsible design that would result in a high-performance, sustainable building.

What We Did

Gannett Fleming provided structural design as well as civil/site utility design, geotechnical services, mechanical/plumbing design, electrical design, and construction-phase services. Steel roof trusses span the gymnasium space and support the outer edge of the running track. The second-floor support system consists of steel framing with a metal deck concrete slab designed to minimize vibration related to the exercise programs defined for the area. Minipile foundation supports the building columns and perimeter building walls.

Key Features

  • Two-story facility includes multipurpose gym spaces, elevated running track, two racquetball courts, and fitness center
  • Access control systems provide secure access.

Sustainability Features & Outcomes

  • All energy-using systems meet the requirements of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004
  • Natural light provides illumination, reducing electricity consumption by 36 percent
  • Digital photo sensors detect daylight levels, automatically adjusting electric lighting output levels
  • Fluorescent lighting in the gymnasium incorporates four lighting levels for diversity and maximum energy savings
  • Energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system provides temperature control.

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