AE Senior Thesis - Haitham Alrasbi


Susquehanna Sports Center Rendering




Building Statistics Part I

General Building Data

  • Building name : Susquehanna Sports Center
  • Location and site: Bel Air, MD
  • Building Occupant Name: Harford Community College
  • Size: 106,955 SF
  • Number of stories above grade / total levels: 2
  • Primary project team:
  • Owner:               Harford Community College
  • Architect:            Hord | Coplan | Macht
  • Civil:                   Site Resources, Inc.
  • MEP:                  Burdette, Koehler, Murphy & Associates, Inc.
  • Structural:          CMJ Structural Engineering, Inc.
  • Natatorium:        Counsilman Hunsaker
  • Dates of construction (start – finish): 5/23/2011 – 9/17/12
  • Overall project cost: $26.7 Million
  • Project delivery method: GMP


The renovation of the existing Susquehanna Center includes an updated and expanded fitness center with a new façade that provides filtered, natural, indirect light into the space. The administrative offices for the athletics department and physical education faculty and staff will also be upgraded. The existing gymnasium will be updated and retained as an all-purpose auxiliary gym with studios for martial arts, yoga, Pilates, and other fitness classes. The existing  25-yard swimming pool will be refurbished and fitted  with new equipment and the athletic training facility, locker and team rooms will be renovated. The new construction includes a 2,500 seat arena with wood athletic floor, concessions, ticket windows, and public toilet rooms. The facility is designed to accommodate locally televised basketball games as well as large public concerts and events.
Historical requirements of building: N/A

National Codes
Building Code: International Building Code 2006
Life safety / fire code: NFPA-101 2006
Mechanical code: International Mechanical Code 2006
Electric code: National Electric Code 2008
Plumbing code: National Standard Plumbing Code 2003
Construction type: 2B
Zoning: Occupancy: A-3, A-4.

Roofing for the new arena is a TPO membrane system. The existing built-up roof will be patched where affected by the renovations. The typical exterior finish is brick veneer with masonry backup walls. Wide roof eaves and column covers will be clad with composite metal panels. The addition has aluminum and glass entrances, storefront and clerestories. The existing storefront and windows will be replaced.

The project is designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating. Specific project features include, but are not limited to: materials and equipment that reduce the energy and water consumption of the facility, recycled-content materials, construction waste recycling, and the implementation of a construction indoor air quality management plan.

Building Statistics Part II

The Susquehanna Center Renovation and Addition, Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD includes a renovation of the 49,159 square foot and a 58,640 square, which adds up to 106,955 square feet. 
This project started construction on May 23rd, 2011 and was originally planned to finish on September 17th, 2012. However, due to weather related impacts, Turner has been granted a 38 working day extension for the Arena Addition. The addition part was then turned over beginning of November and the first basketball game was held November 15th.The Renovation portion of the project has not been affected by the weather impact and already was turned over on September 17th.   The total cost of the project is $26.7M after about $1.65M worth of value engineering savings.

The secondary service will provide the buildings with 277/480 voltage power. Local dry transformers will be used to provide 120/208 voltage power for receptacles and low voltage loads. A diesel generator will provide emergency power to support the fire alarm system as well as life safety lighting. Some of the electrical systems components such as panelboards and switches were removed as part of the demolition plan.

The Susquehanna Center lighting system is designed to use the minimum energy consumption by meeting ASHRAE 90.1 standards. The basketball arena has large windows all around it which makes it benefit the most out of sunlight. The roof is large enough to bypass the wall to prevent direct sunlight. The basketball arena use low bay metal halide fixtures with the restrike technology. The same is used in the gymnasium area. The renovated part of the project use compact fluorescent down lights and linear fluorescents which are great on energy efficiency.

All existing HVAC systems were demolished and removed except for HVAC hot water boilers. New HVAC hot water pumps and hot water distribution along with a new 340 ton air-cooled chiller are included. The existing building is served by 4 rooftop air-handling units with chilled water and hot water coils along with a dedicated DX rooftop unit for the pool area. The new addition is served by (4) rooftop DX air-handling units with hot water preheat coils and heat recovery wheels.

The structure of this building compromised of both structural steel and cast in place concrete. The new arena is supported by 153" long trusses spaced 8" apart. On top of that is a composite decking that covers the basketball arena completely. The two way slab of the foundation ranges between 3" and 10". Cast in place concrete has been used in the main lobby area connecting the basketball arena with the Susquehanna Sport Center. The Susquehanna Sports Center's new facade is supported by HSS10x6x3/8 steel beams that point out of the building which creates a canopy right outside of the fitness center.

Telecommunication and Acoustics
The telecommunication system was designed in accordance with the BICSI and TIA/EIA standards. Classrooms and offices are equipped by necessary voice and data outlets for internet connections. The basketball arena is equipped with an intercom system for commentary during games. And to insure the best acoustical performance, the wall and ceiling have been acoustically treated using Respond High Impact Acoustical Absorber Wall Panels and Fabric Panels.

Fire Protection
As regulated by the NFPA, 10 pounds capacity portable fire extinguishers have been put in more than 10 locations all around the building. The basketball lobby contains the fire alarm control and there are many signal and detection devices throughout the whole building. Sprinklers, fire department valve cabinets and other fire protection system components have been installed as per NFPA Standards 13 and 14.














Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work-in-progress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Haitham Alrasbi. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.

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