PBA provided MEP design engineering services for the new University of Detroit Mercy Student Fitness Center. The facility which will be completed in two-phases, includes a two-court gymnasium with an elevated running track, weight fitness areas and a group exercise room. A two-story lobby/study lounge, along with men’s and women’s locker rooms and an administrative office area are also included. Phase II will include a natatorium featuring an eight lane competition pool with spectator seating, men’s and women’s locker rooms and alumni space.
The new Fitness Center will be used for many campus events, as it is the largest climate controlled space on campus. Multiple levels of lighting, HVAC controls, power and technology systems were designed and strategically located to provide flexibility to maximize use of the spaces.
The building was designed with an abundance of glass on the inside and out, making lighting control a critical element to its design. Daylight sensing was provided on the inside of the building along the perimeter so that artificial lighting will automatically turn off when sufficient natural light is present. Not only does this provide energy savings, it also provides a warm natural, inviting atmosphere.