New Campus Hub for Sports & Fitness

Located at the center of the Storrs campus, this 200,000-SF Student Recreation Center opened in time for the start of the academic year in 2019. The new complex includes multiple recreation fields, activity spaces for cardiovascular and strength training facilities, squash and racquetball courts, 5 full-size basketball courts, a running track, and multi-purpose sports areas.

Other amenities include an aquatics center—including a 50-meter swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool, a wellness center, indoor and outdoor spaces for club sports, and flexible spaces and multipurpose rooms for use by the UConn community.

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A Practice Facility for National Champions

With more 15 NCAA National Championships—4 for the men’s team and a whopping 11 for the women, the UConn Huskies is home to one of the most successful basketball programs in the nation.

Champions need great practice facilities, and in 2014, the new  Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center opened its doors. The new multi-purpose training facility provides two indoor NCAA practice courts, meeting rooms, training and education spaces, locker rooms, offices and miscellaneous support areas.

Telecommunications pathways, cable infrastructure design and specifications for the voice, data and CATV networks are a part of our design, as well as telecommunications room design including equipment rack layouts.

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Long-Awaited Improvements

Working closely with the University Planning, Design and Construction Department, along with the Athletics Department, BVH is providing engineering design to replace the outdated facilities with new stadia for the University’s Division I soccer, baseball and softball programs. The project also includes a new performance center consisting of locker rooms, offices, training space, strength and conditioning equipment, and associated conference and support spaces.

Infrastructure improvements for these and other facilities in this area of campus is also underway, with construction of the stadia and performance center slated for completion by Fall of 2020. The project conforms to Connecticut High Performance Building Code regulations and is registered as a LEED project with a target of Certified.

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Penmen Stadium, a Step Toward Expansion

This multi-sport, athletic complex is part of Southern New Hampshire University’s five-year plan to expand their sports programs. The new state-of-the-art complex includes an eight-lane track with a synthetic, multi-use sports field; a 1,500-seat stadium; a fitness center with expansive lockers rooms; a new, six-court tennis facility; and a 300-car parking lot.

The new facility also includes space for ticket booths, concession stands, restrooms, media and productions suites, and 16 offices for the coaching staff.

Located on the eastern part of the campus and set on 23 acres, SNHU hopes to add sports that include golf, field hockey, and track and field to its roster, as well as expand intramural sports teams on campus.

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A Family Destination for Fitness and Well-being

The new Indian Valley YMCA serves one of the fastest growing regions in Connecticut. The new 42,000 SF facility includes an 8-lane, 25-yard competition pool and a warm water family pool and whirlpool. The facility also includes a 5,000 SF fitness area plus spinning and aerobic rooms and associated support spaces.

Designed to utilize sustainable features, the project was planned to allow for future expansion to over 65,000 SF which includes a gymnasium, teen center, climbing wall, and community spaces.

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Providing the Foundation for a Lifetime of Fitness

Phase two of Kingswood Oxford’s 2020 Vision, a five-year campus improvement plan features the transformation of the Brayton Athletic Center into a multipurpose field house complex and state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center. The project began in mid-2016 and lasted for approximately seven months. The renovations included changes to the Brayton Center, the field house, and the “L”.

The field house is air-conditioned and includes energy efficient lighting and high-end floor suitable for tennis practice and interscholastic competitions. It will has three basketball courts, providing space for intramurals, outside tournaments, and practice space.

The “L” includes a fitness center, yoga/aerobic exercise room, and an athletic hospitality room that can be utilized for alumni receptions, team dinners, recruiting visits, and meetings. The fitness center within the “L” is geared towards general exercising and is furnished with a variety of cardio equipment and Cybex and circuit training machines.

Kingswood Oxford looks to use these renovations to encourage and enable students to participate in various sports or self-motivated activity, and to remind students of the importance of lifetime fitness.

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New Recreational Center for the Blue Devils

BVH is providing civil, structural, MEP and technology design services for this project that includes the construction of a new 70,000 SF recreation center on the CCSU campus at Ella Grasso Boulevard and Kaiser Drive.  The present 34,000 square foot air supported fabric structure comprise the north wing of the facility will be dismantled and replaced by a new multi-story structural steel frame building.

The new recreational center will create a new complex for the recreational, athletic and educational needs of the 12,000 CCSU students as well as faculty and staff.  The facility is anticipated to provide squash, racquetball, basketball and multi-purpose courts; as well as an elevated wellness track; exercise and fitness areas; studio space; offices and meeting rooms; and restroom, shower and locker facilities.

The project will also renovate the existing Kaiser Hall gymnasium to include the construction of a first and second floor entrance to the gymnasium; construction of a new 500 seat second floor air conditioned Press Box and VIP seating area.

All improvements will meet ADA standards and comply with CCSU facility standards.

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Home for Soccer, Lacrosse & Field Hockey

Opening for the 2017-18 season, BVH provided engineering design for two new athletic facilities on the Mount Carmel Campus of Quinnipiac University.

Both venues house home and visitor locker rooms, team rooms, training and equipment rooms, first aid stations, restrooms for spectators, as well as broadcast-ready press boxes and seating for professional and student media.

One facility, shared by the men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams, includes seating for up to 1,500 spectators with an infill turf playing surface. The women’s field hockey facility includes permanent seating for up to 500 fans and an artificial turf field.

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Improving a Campus’s Aging Infrastructure

Northfield Mount Hermon is a co-ed independent boarding school for students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1879, the distinguished school is located on the banks of the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts. Contending with an aging infrastructure, NMH commissioned BVH to replace extensive sections of steam and condensate piping.

BVH produced an infrastructure master plan the school utilized to establish manageable building and infrastructure development projects throughout the campus, including the following:

Steam and Condensate Replacement – BVH replaced the main steam and condensate piping that runs throughout campus.

Cottage Row – BVH designed steam and condensate piping to support additions to residences and re-routing of utilities. The design improved grading and storm drainage.

Admissions Building – BVH designed steam and condensate piping to support the new admissions building. The scope also included the re-route of the campus steam and condensate leg around the new building.

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Addressing Utility & Infrastructure Needs

BVH has performed many civil/site engineering services for Yale University, including the following projects:

  • BVH designed the underground site utilities that serve Branford and Saybrook Colleges and connect to the campus’ utility network. Our design includes underground steam, water, electrical, and data/telecommunications distribution, as well as separation of sanitary and storm systems. Site drainage included courtyards and moat areas. The specific challenges of this project were coordinating all utilities in the horizontal and vertical dimensions while preserving the campus’ historical character throughout the upgrade, and maintaining operation of existing utilities throughout construction.

  • Renovation of Pierson College included utility upgrades and comprehensive life cycle renovations to this 140,000-SF residential college.

  • Jonathan Edwards College, a 150,000-SF renovation and courtyard addition, included underground steam, water, electrical, and data/telecommunications distribution, as well as separation of sanitary and storm systems for kitchens. Site drainage included courtyards and moat areas.

  • 13,000 SF of renovations and a 17,000-SF addition for Yale’s Anthropology Building. The project provided new high-tech mechanical and electrical systems, upgraded central utilities, and included site improvements to the historic, three-story academic building.
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