Featured in IQ: 2013 Volume 5 Issue 2
Service members and employees at United States Army Garrison Fort Polk in Louisiana are enjoying an updated look at the 27,600-square-foot Wheelock Fitness Center, along with the various cardio machines and weight training equipment. The renovations included cosmetics, as well as electrical upgrades with the HVAC system.
While there were several layers to this design-build renovation project, Garver's multi-discipline design services focused on temperature comfort and humidity control, aesthetics, energy efficiency and a challenge unique to a project like this: sweat. How do you keep up to 300 people in a fitness facility cool and the building smelling fresh during a humid Louisiana summer?
"Our design needed to accommodate changes in the number of occupants with ventilation requirements, exhaust requirements and energy consumption minimization while providing good humidity control," said Project Leader Joel Funkhouser, PE, LEED AP. "Our solution incorporates a dedicated outside air system with energy recovery wheel, variable flow supply fan, variable flow exhaust fan, space carbon dioxide monitoring and a forced-air transfer system, which allows the amount of conditioned ventilation air to be reduced."
The red and blue tile work, locker rooms, and accent colors deviated from Fort Polk's standard olive, lending some energy to the space and increasing its aesthetic appeal. Newly installed LED lighting technology requires less electricity and reduces energy and maintenance costs.
"The work [Garver] did was outstanding," said Maj. Jeffrey Blackard, regional government technical representative with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "They were true professionals in every aspect of the job."
Garver teamed with The Ross Group to maximize the client's budget, and complete the project six weeks ahead of schedule. The Wheelock Fitness Center was designed to LEED Silver specifications and received an Outstanding CCASS rating.