Penn State University Intramural Recreation, Building Renovation and Addition, Phases 1 and 2

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Penn State University Intramural Recreation, Building Renovation and Addition, Phases 1 and 2

University Park, PA 2017

Project Description

Penn State’s updated Intramural Recreation Building provides a new face for what had been a nondescript but functional building. In phases one and two of the three-phase master plan, the design team created an inviting and transparent image while establishing organizational and wayfinding improvements. An open, dynamic and energizing atmosphere reflects the active program of the building, providing students with an unforgettable sense of place.

Designers implemented a hybrid ventilation system ideal for spring and fall days to offer the unique experience of bringing the outdoors in. When conditions are appropriate, outside air is drawn directly into key fitness spaces through the automated windows along the facade and through a precooled outside atrium, before being exhausted at the roof. Heat and moisture are drawn away from exercising occupants as fresh air circulates.

Functional student recreation and multipurpose spaces — gymnasia, fitness spaces, locker rooms, lounges — were significantly expanded. New spaces were integrated seamlessly with existing ones. Since the facility opened for student use, participation has grown exponentially.


Project Details

Architect: Moody Nolan
Architect: APArchitects LLC
Construction Cost: $54.9 Million phase 1 and 2
Square Feet: 194,635 Renovation and Addition
Occupancy: May 2014

Building Systems - Skylights: Biamp and JBL sound system

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Iron Grip Barbell Co.

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Ivanko Barbell Co. Inc.

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: TRUE Fitness

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Power Lift

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Kenall Lighting

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: All American Scoreboards

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Resilite (Dojo room)

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards: Sports Imports

Indoor Soccer/Inline Rinks - Dashers: Athletica

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Champion Flooring

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Aacer Flooring

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Crossville

Locker/Shower - Lockers: Foreman Locker Systems

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Accurate Partitions Corp.

Racquetball/Squash Courts - Court Panels/Glass Walls: Hollman Lockers & Courts Inc.

Architect Of Record

Moody Nolan
Columbus, OH

Associate Architect

APArchitects LLC
State College, PA

Design Architect

Moody Nolan

Landscape Architect

The EDGE Group
Columbus, OH

MEP Engineer

Reese Engineering
State College, PA

Structural Engineer

Korda/Nemeth Engineering
Columbus, OH

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