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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.

Client
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Partner(s)
Joint venture with Spillman Farmer Architects

Location
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

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

Data
Size
64,000 square feet
Construction Cost
$12 million
Completed
2010
Type
New Construction
Outcomes
  • 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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