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and Construction Department, along with the Athletics Department, BVH is providing engineering design to replace the outdated facilities with new stadia for the University’s Division I soccer, baseball and softball programs.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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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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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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Integrated Design for a Public Campus

Located on a 168-acre campus bordering New Haven and Hamden, more than 8,000 undergraduate students are enrolled each year at Southern Connecticut State University. In order to serve the future needs of the campus, BVH was commissioned to study and design SCSU’s entire campus heating and electrical infrastructure.

After performing a Campus Energy Master Plan, BVH provided engineering design services for replacement of the campus’ entire heating and electrical distribution system. The heating system work involved design of a new high temperature hot water boiler plant with a total capacity of 130-million BTU/Hr. and the design of an entirely new underground heating distribution system, including all required tie-ins at each building. The distribution piping (approximately 25,000 linear feet) was routed in an efficient manner and with consideration given to several other projects already under design or construction and several additional projects projected to occur over the next 10 years.

The electrical system work included the design of a new primary electrical distribution system throughout the entire campus, including all required building tie-ins. The electrical design also included the conversion of the entire West campus from 4,160 to 13,800 volts, as well as a conversion from a radial to a loop distribution system.

Because BVH performed both building design and site design services, the firm was uniquely qualified to provide a level of coordination and service that is more difficult to achieve when separate site and building design firms are used. Acting as the prime consultant, BVH maintained both the design schedule and budget for the project, and successfully balanced the needs of many constituencies to achieve a design acceptable to all.

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Robust Infrastructure for Campus Growth

Nestled in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst College is widely regarded as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation. With 1,600 students enrolled on campus, a robust infrastructure is needed to support the myriad of academic buildings, sports and student use facilities, and dormitories on campus.

In conjunction with the Master Plan, BVH designed an upgrade of all existing site utility systems at Amherst College, including steam and condensate piping, medium voltage site electrical distribution, site fire protection, site domestic water services, site sanitary sewer, site storm water, and conduits and manholes for site communications.

The site utility assessment determined that the steam plant had sufficient capacity, but the chilled water plant and electrical systems required more capacity. A study on the chiller plant and comparison of electric, steam and gas engine systems resulted in the decision to install an 800-ton variable speed centrifugal chiller. Existing electric and steam absorption chillers were also modified, along with new chilled water pumps and controls for variable speed pumping, to create a unified plant.

The entire medium voltage distribution system was upgraded from 4,800 volt to 13.8 kV with phasing designed into the documentation. Campus-wide, the low voltage raceway and cabling systems were replaced for telephone, data, fire alarm network, security and temperature controls. A new fire pump with distribution to the upper campus area was installed for required fire protection pressures for several planned dormitory upgrades. Buried steam, chilled water and domestic water piping were also upgraded in coordination with the study.

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New Campus Spurs Residential Rising

Quinnipiac University is a private university with 5,400 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students, offering 51 undergraduate majors and 19 graduate programs. In 2006, the university launched a major expansion to create the new York Hill campus, uniquely situated on 234 acres on a hilltop overlooking Long Island Sound. Centerbrook Architects implemented a new campus master plan, which includes a new athletic center, new residence halls, village-style housing, structured parking garage, and a student center functioning as a dining hall, recreation center, student activities center and central plant.

BVH conducted a detailed study of energy usage and explored options for electrical and thermal distribution systems. This analysis considered various factors such as energy efficiency, construction cost, ease of maintenance, sustainability and durability. Electrical distribution requirements, including primary electrical distribution, emergency power distribution, campus-wide load shedding, and cogeneration were considered, along with the thermal energy components of heating, hot water, and chilled water.

The final design includes a central high-efficiency boiler plant, a high-efficiency chiller plant, and a campus-wide primary electric distribution system with automatic load shed and backup power. The design also incorporates a microturbine trigeneration system to provide electrical power while recovering waste heat to help heat and cool the campus.

Additionally, a communications infrastructure was designed for the technology systems, with a backbone raceway and a new IT hub for every building on campus.

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Moving to Greater Heights of Distinction

UConn’s investments in its facilities and infrastructure are among the major contributors to UConn’s growing reputation for academic excellence and its emergence as a leader in higher education, and BVH has played a key role in in making crucial updates.

BVH has a ten year prime contract with the University of Connecticut to analyze and upgrade the Storrs Campus utility infrastructure to support the Campus Master Plan. As a result of these analyses, BVH is designing both capacity and reliability improvements for the existing underground utilities and energy supply (chillers, boilers and power generation) equipment.

With BVH acting as UConn’s utility representative to work with various teams on different building projects, the Framework Project identifies when various infrastructure projects need to be designed and constructed to support required building services. For parts of the campus, new tunnel sections have been added and existing tunnel systems have been extended. In other areas, direct buried distribution piping has been specified in pre-insulated piping systems. As a general practice, normal and primary electric infrastructure are routed outside of tunnels in concrete encased ductbank.  Temporary services (generators, chillers, boilers) are specified when necessary to ensure smooth transition and integration of utilities to new building services. Proper inspection and testing of all systems as part of a thorough commissioning process are essential prior to energization of all distribution systems.

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