GENERAL BUILDING DATA
1. BUILDING NAME SUSQUEHANNA CENTER RENOVATIONS & EXPANSION
2. LOCATION & SITE BEL AIR, MARYLAND
3. BUILDING OCCUPANT NAME HARFORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
4. SIZE 110,000 SF
5. STORIES ABOVE GRADE 2
1. DATES OF CONSTRUCTION (START-FINISH) (APRIL 2011 AUGUST 2012)
2. ACTUAL PROJECT COST $28 MILLION
3. PROJECT DELIVERY METHOD DESIGN-BID-BUILD
4. ARCHITECT HORD COPLAN MACHT
5. CONSTRUCTION MANAGER TURNER CONSTRUCTION
6. GENERAL CONTRACTOR NOT SELECTED
7. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT SITE RESOURCES
8. CIVIL ENGINEER SITE RESOURCES
9. STRUCTURAL ENGINEER CMJ STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
10. MEP ENGINEER BURDETTE KOEHLER MURPHY & ASSOCIATES
11. LIGHTING CONSULTANT DUNLOP LIGHTING DESIGN
12. TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPEXSYS
13. NATATORIUM COUNSILMAN HUNSAKER
1. ARCHITECTURAL COMPONENTS:
The new addition and renovations to the Susquehanna Center create a modernistic and contemporary style of architecture. The 110,000 SF athletic facility, is comprised of numerous mixed-use spaces to accommodate the wide range sporting events that use the facility. The building sits on a sloping grade, which grants access to those facilities from different levels. The building is situated, so that there are two floors; those two floors are the Arena Level and the Main Level. The grade slopes from the Main Level to the Arena Level, and establishes a total height of 45-0 from Arena Level to highest point on roof.
The materials that comprise of the building are used to distinguish between levels and spaces who design incorporate an interesting architectural feature. The architect uses matte painted concrete block for walls supporting the arena and auxiliary gym from the arena level to the main level. From the main level to the roof, there is glazing with perforated aluminum, that form a store-front pattern. This pattern used along the west facing faηade construct a wall of glass that allows you to gaze into multi-purpose rooms, studios, and the fitness center. On the arena side however, this wall of glass allows for sunlight and other interesting perspectives for fans watching events. Another fascinating design feature is the architects use of general building systems, especially the aluminum down spouts. The down spouts are arranged in a V-shape around the main arena and are visible through the windows of the surrounding walls.
The building is located on the campus of Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland. This new modernistic and contemporary architectural style will provide a sleek and engaging appeal to the sporting industry of community colleges found in the Bel Air region.
SUSQUEHANNA CENTER RENOVATIONS & EXPANSION
BEL AIR, MD
ELECTRICAL/ LIGHTING OPTION
ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING SENIOR THESIS PORTOFLIO
FIGURE 1. RENDERING SOUTH FACING FACADE
2. MAJOR NATIONAL CODES -
a. BUILDING CODE: IBC 2006
b. MECHANICAL CODE: IMC 2006
c. ELECTRICAL CODE: IEC 2006
d. PLUMBING CODE: IPC 2006
e. LIFE SAFETY/ FIRE CODE: NFPA 101 2006
The zoning classification of this building as per Harford County is Agricultural (AG).
4. HISTORICAL N/A
The exterior of the Susquehanna Center is comprised of matte painted concrete block, sizes ranging from 4x8 to 16x24, as well as aluminum paneling to support glazing at entrances of the athletic facility. Painted aluminum down spouts are used in an appealing V-shape on the main arena side of the building.
The roofing system is compiled of different membranes, with varying sizes of insulation and sheathing, which combine to make up 5 different types of roofing systems. Type one is consisted of a single ply membrane with two layers of insulation and ½ roof sheathing supported by metal deck. This type is used over main gym. The second type is 4 ply B.U. roof with an aggregate surface. Underlying this surface is tapered insulation supported by a concrete slab. The third type consists of a single ply membrane with tapered insulation supported by metal deck, and the fourth type also supported by metal is made up of a single ply membrane and ½ sheathing. The fifth type is where the roofing system joins the existing building. The components of the system are similar to the system of type two, except that the tapered insulation is used to match the thickness of the existing roof.
FIGURE 2. RENDERING SOUTHEAST
FIGURE 3. RENDERING WINDOW SHADING ENTRY
The Susquehanna Center is currently seeking out LEED accreditation, and thus there are numerous sustainable design features throughout most systems within the building. The bulk of the sustainable features were designed to be incorporated in the mechanical and electrical systems. The mechanical system utilizes air cooled high efficiency chillers, solar heating systems for the pool, multiple energy recovery air handling systems above the arena, and a rain harvesting system for toilets and urinals. The electrical systems take advantage of occupancy and vacancy sensors in classrooms, bathrooms and some offices. Also, electronic shading devices mounted on the west facing wall of the main entry enable proper day lighting techniques as seen in figure 3.
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