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Steel joins school gym design

Photos credit: Raimund Koch, courtesy of BKSK Architects

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 multipurpose rooms.

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.

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