College Planning & Management

DEC 2012

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Facility Focus PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND S TADIUMS, RECRE AT ION, AND AT HLE T IC FACILI T IES University of New England Harold Alfond Forum T HE UNIVERSITY OF NEW England (UNE) in Biddeford, ME, ushered in the 2012-13 academic year with The Harold Alfond Forum, a $20M complex made possible by a $7M lead gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation. The 106,500-sq.-ft. center provides facilities for intercollegiate competitions, intramurals, recreation, and related academics. Sports programs at the Division III co-ed school include basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, softball, and swimming and diving teams Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA, designed the complex using the latest AutoDesk Revit 3D building information modeling (BIM) system. The ice rink, recessed below grade, has 900 top-loaded seats separated by a two-level connector from an opposing 1,200-seat wing for sports, intramurals, and performances. Removables can expand the seating to 3,000 for performances. The connector offers a 90-seat cyber-cafeteria, study areas, team support spaces, 15 coach and 14 academic offices, and a 15-station fitness/freeweight center, along with custom-designed teaching and laboratory space for Athletic Sports Training and Applied Exercise Science degrees. Two conference rooms are divided by a folding door and overlook the fieldhouse floor and ice rink. Mechanical systems include six watersource heat pumps, each rated at 18.5 tons, that make ice and also air condition the facility. The byproduct heat is used to augment the heat in the building, which also has a propane system. Six-tube high-output T-5 fluorescent lighting fi xtures serve both the rink and fieldhouse sides to complement the other features that instill energy efficiency. Wright-Ryan Construction served as the Construction Manager-at-Risk. A modified design/build approach applied in early planning used multi-party input to develop the firm budget for the grant process. Pricing compared a customfabricated conventional steel structure to a Butler Manufacturing custom-engineered structural system with the integrated standing seam metal roof and metal wall panel systems. Sheridan Corporation, based in Fairfield, ME, submitted the Butler alternative that produced a seven-figure dollar savings. CPM DECEMBER 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 47

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