MONMOUTH – A groundbreaking ceremony for the health & wellness center was held on Monday, Oct. 5. and included remarks by Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, WOU President John P. Minahan, and a blessing by Eirik Thorsgard, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Oregon Rep. Vicki Berger and Oregon University System Vice Chancellor Bob Simonton were in attendance.
The sustainable health and wellness center will open in January 2011 and is aiming for gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The project has four components. The most exciting parts are the addition of nearly 80,000 square feet of academic, recreation and athletic space to Old P.E. The recreation center component will comprise 45,000 square feet of the addition to the Old P.E. building, including a two-court gymnasium with elevated track, two racquetball courts, three multipurpose rooms, a 2,400 square foot strength and weight training area, a 3,600 square foot cardiovascular area, a 40 foot high by 40 feet wide rock climbing wall, new locker rooms for the recreation facility and the existing pool and gymnasium, an equipment check-out area, and office space for campus recreation.
There will also be 25,000 square feet in new academic space housing 12 classrooms as a part of this project. New spaces will include a multipurpose room, three tiered classrooms, a kinesiology lab, four standard classrooms, and several general purpose classrooms. The football program will have approximately 8,000 square feet in new space as the space currently occupied by the football program in Old PE is too cost prohibitive to renovate. The new space will provide the program the ability to house all of the coaches centrally, a more comprehensive training room, improved locker room, laundry and equipment storage space. Finally the existing Old PE building will be renovated to upgrade heating, venting and electrical in the building, provide needed seismic upgrades to the building, replace the liner in the existing pool, and add a therapy pool on the pool deck.
By pursuing LEED Gold certification, the facility will employ numerous sustainable features, from the management of stormwater runoff to the use of natural ventilation in the building. As part of the overall project, the existing OPE Building will be renovated with improved exterior thermal performance, the introduction of high performance chilled beams and new lighting throughout. The natatorium is being renovated with new pool equipment and the introduction of a heat recovery unit that extracts energy off the exhaust air and preheating the fresh air intake.
Stormwater runoff on the site will be reduced by installing bioswales and detention planters around the building. Low flow faucets and showerheads, as well as dual-flush toilets reduce water consumption in the building by at least 40 percent. An integrated building design utilizing a highly efficient building envelope, and a combination of displacement ventilation and natural ventilation, will yield more than 20 percent energy efficiency over code. A heat recovery chiller will utilize waste heat generated from space cooling to help heat the swimming pool Extensive daylighting and automatic window shading are also employed throughout the building to maximize solar heat gain, and increase user comfort.
The following are individuals involved in the project:
Architect: Opsis Architecture
Sustainability/LEED: Opsis Architecture
Interior Architecture: Opsis Architecture
Structural Engineer: Catena Consulting Engineers
Mechanical/Plumbing: Interface Engineering
Electrical Engineer: Glumac
Civil Engineer: MGH Associates
Landscape Architect: Walker Macy
Energy Consultant: Solarc
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