University Lacrosse – Athletic Facility

Mechanical Systems

The University Lacrosse – Athletic Facility project involved renovation construction of the existing 10,000 sq. ft. Catonsville Transmission Shop (which was once a part of the original 7-Up® bottling facility in Catonsville, MD), into a 12,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art athletic training and sports complex. Mechanical Engineering & Construction Corporation (MEC²) was the contractor responsible for the general construction, mechanical system design, and installation. Carroll Engineering was contracted to perform the interior architectural and structural components, with Bopat Electric performing the electrical design-build construction requirements.

Construction was an intense coordination process with sports facility planners, University Lacrosse personnel, and MEC² to renovate the auto repair facility into a 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 efficiency thermal glazing with Lexan covers for impact protection. The HVAC for the facility is accomplished by utilizing high efficiency VRF systems and packaged roof top units to supply air across the playing field areas to maximize open space. The facility includes a turf sports field along with adjacent agility and resistance training areas. A mezzanine was added for additional space; the HVAC system serving this space utilizes VRF heat pump systems coupled with energy recovery ventilators providing the required outdoor air ventilation. The mezzanine includes offices, conference/meeting rooms, and training space, as well as an elevated seating area for viewing the action on the turf field. Automated netting was added for player and viewer protection, and splitting the field into smaller specialized work-out areas to focus on specific training techniques. The entire sports-plex is equipped with high efficiency LED lighting, greatly decreasing the electrical demand requirements and providing a bright and safe atmosphere for lacrosse, soccer and field hockey for kids of all ages. The facility is equipped with lockers, showers, and a breakroom for patrons, and office and support staff. 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, including free cooling economizers 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 and received a BGE Smart Energy Savers program energy rebate.

Challenges included the construction effort of sequencing multiple sub-contractors for a short time period, and continually dealing with the unknowns of the renovation of an old shop facility. The sanitary and water utilities needed to be completely upgraded as well as a new gas service and meter installed.

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

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