Jake Copley | Mechanical | Biobehavioral Health Building | University Park, PA

Building Statistics

Part 1

General Building Information
Building Name Henderson Addition - Biobehavioral Health Building
Location and Site The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. The site is located between Henderson North and Henderson South, north of College Ave. between Old Main and the HUB
Building Occupant Name Biobehavioral Health (College of Health and Human Development)
Occupancy/Function Type Assembly Group A-3, Business Group B, Mixed Occupancies
Size 93,500 SF
Number of Stories 4 Above + Mechanical Penthouse + 1 Below
Start/End Construction Dates October 25th 2010/November 2012
Cost $48.1 Million (Overall Project Cost)
Project Delivery Method Design-Bid-Build
Primary Project Team
Owner The Pennsylvania State University
Architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
CM Massaro CM Services
MEP/Fire Protection Bruce E. Brooks Associates
Structural Engineer Robert Silman Associates
Civil Engineer Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Landscape Architect Michael Vergason
Geotech Consultant CMT Laboratories, Inc.
GC L.S. Fiore

Due to the historic nature of Henderson North, the BBH was designed to be aesthetically similar to Henderson North. The differences between the two buildings are responses to the growth of sustainable design and the need for student activities. The building is served with main double loaded corridors down the middle of the building connecting the three main entrances on the east and west sides of the building. General purpose classrooms are located on the ground and first floor for
ease of access for students. Offices, project and research spaces are located on the upper floors.

Limestone and brick clad the building paying their respects to Henderson North. The limestone veneer wraps into the main entry ways on both the east and west entrances. All three entrances are located on heavy
cross campus traffic areas. One entrance is on the West end off the Old Main Lawn (Figure 1). Another entrance is located on the HUB lawn (Figure 2) on the Northeast corner of the building along with the third entrance on the Southeast corner (Figure 3). Salvaged Elm wood from the Penn State Campus can be seen as accent pieces, benches and cabinetry throughout the building.

Figure 1: Old Main lawn entrance. Figure 2: HUB lawn entrance. Figure 3: Southeast entrance.
The PA Uniform Construction Code, 2006 International Building Code (IBC 2006), 2006 International Plumbing Code (IPC 2006) are
the applicable building codes governing its design. With consideration to energy efficiency, BBH has been designed in accordance with the International Energy Conservation Code.
Zone for higher education, since the building is located within the limits of the University Planned District, UPD.
Historical Requirements
Due to the location and relation to existing buildings, Penn State required BBH to be aesthetically similar to Henderson North, which was built in 1933.
Building Enclosure
The facade is aesthetically very similar to Henderson North with limestone veneer up to the second floor followed by brick on the remaining floors. There are also limestone accent pieces around the building again in similar fashion to Henderson North. On the northeast and southeast corners of the building there are glass curtain walls surrounding the main stairwell and entrances. The roofing system of the steep slope roof on the penthouse is slate over rigid insulation. Surrounding the penthouse is an adhered EPDM roofing membrane over rigid insulation. There are also large green roof areas surround the penthouse that are composed of a vegetated exposed roof with four inches of lightweight planting mix over a drainage/water retention mat on top of rigid insulation (Figure 4).
Figure 4: Green roof detail.
There are two main sustainable features on BBH. The first is the green roof that covers approximately fifty percent of the roof area. Second, complimenting the green roof is a cistern that collects rainwater runoff to be used for landscape maintenance.
Part 2
Biobehavioral Health is being constructed using a design-bid-build delivery method. The $48.1 million project began on October 25th, 2010 and has an expected completion of November 2012. The project is a multiple prime contract with Massaro as the CM.
Electrical service is connected to the campus normal power distribution loop, all cables and connections are provided by PSU utility services. PSU provides a pad-mounted transformer outside the building which feeds the main distribution switchgear located in the main electrical room in the ground floor. The main distribution switchgear is a 1600A, 480/277V, 3 phase, 4 wire switchgear which is stepped down to feed four sub-distribution panels and secondary distribution switchgear with is a 1600A, 208/120V, 3 phase, 4 wire switchgear. The secondary distribution switchgear feeds five panels that serve the rest of the building.
Indirect/direct fluorescent pendant luminaires using two T8 lamps are typical throughout the building. Hallways and common spaces throughout the building use 4.5" recessed LED downlights. Classrooms are lit with recessed linear fluorescent luminaires using two T8 or T5HO lamps with dimming ballasts.
BBH is mechanically ventilated by six variable air volume (VAV) air handling units (AHU) with economizers that are located in the ground floor mechanical rooms and the penthouse. Each AHU serves VAV boxes with hot water reheat coils. BBH is fed from campus steam and chilled water loops to meeting all heating and cooling needs.
The foundation of BBH is a continuous concrete spread footing with isolated spread footings for the interior supports. These spread footings support the main structural system which consists of structural columns and wide flange beams. Typical beams are W12x22 and columns range in size from HSS 14x0.5 structural tubing and W8x24 to W14x233. Floors consist of concrete floor slabs on composite metal decking that is supported by wide flange beams that are typically spaced about 10' apart. The lateral bracing resisting system is comprised of moment resisting connections.
Fire Protection
BBH is in compliance with NFPA 13 and 14 with two hazard levels, light hazard and ordinary hazard group 1. The building is equipped with an automatic fire protection system that serves the entire building.
BBH has one elevator near the east entrance off the HUB lawn. There are three stairwells that will be the main mode of transportation for occupants in the building.
Special Systems
Above the underground auditorium there is a built in stage area for performances on the HUB lawn. The space has built in electrical connections to power audio and stage equipment.


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