Steel joins school gym design
Painted steel fins coated with Kansas City, Mo.-based Tnemec Co.
Inc.'s paint system, steel rails and steel plate were fabricated
and installed by United Iron, Mt. Vernon, N.Y., on the façade of
the 53,000-square-foot Convent of the Sacred Heart Athletics &
Wellness Center in New York City. Additionally, Farmingdale,
N.Y.-based Competition Architectural Metals fabricated and
installed a steel entry canopy for the project, completed in
September 2014. Jamestown, N.Y.-based Dawson Doors fabricated
statuary bronze, 10-foot-tall balanced doors, installed by
Competition Architectural Metals.
Carlstadt, N.J.-based Weir Welding's Bethlehem, Pa., office
fabricated steel trusses for the pool and gymnasium. The top and
bottom chords are T-shaped members created by cutting standard
W-sections lengthwise. United Iron installed metal louver screens
from Lebanon, N.J.-based Construction Specialties Inc. at the top
of the building.
The steel trusses are 93 percent recycled, more than 95 percent
of construction debris was diverted from landfills and the athletic
center is on track to achieve LEED Gold certification. Sustainable
design strategies included solar hot water panels, a cooling tower
supplied through rooftop retention tanks, high-performance windows
and a pool dehumidification heat recovery system. Additionally,
automated lighting controls, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and
high-efficiency mechanical equipment were utilized.
Convent of the Sacred Heart Athletics & Wellness Center
serves K-12 students from Convent of the Sacred Heart school and
features a competition size, six-lane swimming pool; a NCAA
regulation size volleyball and basketball court braced by a truss
system; dance studio; cardio and weight room; and several
BKSK Architects, New York City, was the architecture firm, and
Sciame Construction, New York City, was the general contractor.
Atelier Ten, New York City, was the design development LEED
consultant firm; Macro Consultants, New York City, and Levien &
Co., New York City, were the project managers; and Timothy Goodall
Inc., New York City, was the project executive. Weidlinger
Associates, New York City, was the civil engineering firm; Severud
Associates, New York City, was the structural engineering firm; and
O'Dea Lynch Abbattista, New York City, was the mechanical,
electrical and plumbing engineering firm.
Construction Specialties Inc., www.c-sgroup.com
Dawson Doors, www.dawsondoors.com
Tnemec Co. Inc., www.tnemec.com