GOALS Baltimore – Athletic Facility

HVAC and Plumbing System

The GOALS Baltimore project involved renovation construction of the existing 50,000 sq. ft. former 7UP® bottling facility in Catonsville, MD into a 31,000 sq. ft. athletic training and sports complex. Mechanical Engineering & Construction Corp. (MEC²) was the contractor responsible for the mechanical system design and installation.

Construction was an intense coordination process with sports facility planners, the general contractor and their site and interiors contractors, along with MEC² sub-contractors to renovate the facility into a state-of-the-art sports and athletic training facility that maintained site cleanliness, safety, and environmentally friendly impacts to the existing area.

The project’s scope consisted of a building renovation while maintaining interesting existing components of the original building. The roof was improved with increased insulation, and the windows were upgraded to high-efficient thermal glazing. The heating and cooling of the facility is accomplished by utilizing (4) high efficient packaged roof top units distributing air through exposed ductwork; the ductwork incorporates drum diffusers to supply air across the playing field areas to maintain open space above the fields. The facility includes a full size turf sports field and a smaller hard surface area – both areas have backer boards and netting for player and viewer protection. The entire sports-plex is equipped with high efficient LED lighting greatly decreasing the electrical demand requirements and providing a bright and safe atmosphere for lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, etc. for kids of all ages. The facility is equipped with a cafe for serving customers, office for the support staff, and studio rooms for physical therapy, specialized personal training, and for cardio work-outs. The HVAC system and lighting are energy efficient utilizing VRF heat pump systems coupled with energy recovery ventilators providing the required ventilation outdoor air. The project was a complete new fit-out; an existing HVAC system did not exist. The HVAC system provides year-round temperature and ventilation that meets or exceeds all applicable code and industry standards as defined by the ASHRAE. The system is equipped with a free cooling economizer for ventilation air when no mechanical cooling is required. The HVAC and lighting systems’ efficiencies qualifies for the maximum energy tax credits allowable by the federal government.

Challenges to this undertaking included the construction effort of building and sequencing multiple sub-contractors for a short time period and continually dealing with the unknowns of the construction renovation of an old facility. The roof needed to be completely repaired with much of the roof panels being replaced. The utilities needed to be completely upgraded with new water service and sprinkler piping as well as a new gas service installed.

MEC² provided a complete turn-key installation including the HVAC, electrical and lighting systems, and the general construction requirements for revitalizing a facility that had been dormant and vacant into a new and vibrant place of business for athletic training, practicing and competition.

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