The second phase of Penn State University’s Intramural Building renovation features state-of-the-art fitness facilities in an open, airy, and bright setting. A three basketball court gymnasium with an elevated track is the highlight of this $24 million phase, which was designed with sustainability in mind. A hybrid ventilation system saves energy by drawing cool outside air into the gym at occupant level along the prevailing wind side of the building and relieving hot air at roof level daylighting wells via high performance ceiling fans. While traditional gym facilities use large amounts of energy to light an expansive area, daylight harvesting in phase 2 cuts back on the need for artificial illumination. Estimated energy savings from these features alone total 30%. Reese Hackman provided full electrical, lighting, technology, mechanical, and plumbing engineering services for this 59,210 square foot project, which achieved LEED Silver Certification in July 2016.
Photography by Reese Hackman