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Shippensburg University Student Recreation Center

High-performance facility supports the fitness and well-being of students.
  • Shippensburg University Student Recreation Center – Gannett Fleming

    The center encompasses 64,000 square feet and features a gym and fitness center.

  • Natural daylighting enhances the cardiovascular workout area-Gannett Fleming

    Natural daylighting enhances the cardiovascular workout area.

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Joint Venture with Spillman Farmer Architects

Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Our Role
Civil/Site, Structural, Geotechnical, Mechanical/Plumbing, Electrical, Construction Management, Commissioning.

64,000 square feet
Construction Cost
$12 million
New Construction
  • Facility supports the fitness and well-being of its student body and aids in student retention
  • Sustainable features, such as daylight harvesting, decrease dependence on utilities.

For its new student recreation center, Shippensburg University leaders envisioned a facility that would both support the fitness and well-being of its student body and aid in the recruitment and retention of diverse, high-achieving students. The university also wanted an environmentally responsible design that would result in a high-performance, sustainable building. The recreation center is a two-story, 64,000-square-foot facility that includes multipurpose gym spaces, an elevated running track, two racquetball courts, and a fitness center.

What We Did

From three-stage lighting that provides an inviting atmosphere to fluorescent up-lights that give comfortable illumination from any angle, Gannett Fleming’s lighting design reduces the need for electric lighting while contributing to a fun and active ambiance. Building temperature controls tie into the campus-wide building automation system to provide scheduling, monitoring, and alarm notification to the university maintenance staff, giving them a comprehensive report of the facility’s functions. The mechanical systems increase energy efficiency, improve indoor air quality, and are easy to maintain, giving students and faculty a comfortable and healthy workout environment. A floor vibration analysis for the second-floor fitness center led to a structural design that minimizes vibrations caused by running or jumping.

Key Features

  • Two-story facility includes multipurpose gym spaces, elevated running track, two racquetball courts, and fitness center
  • Access control systems provide secure access.

Sustainability Features & Outcomes

  • All energy-using systems meet the requirements of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004.
  • Natural light provides illumination, reducing electricity consumption by 36 percent
  • Digital photo sensors detect daylight levels, automatically adjusting electric lighting output levels
  • Fluorescent lighting in the gymnasium incorporates four lighting levels for diversity and maximum energy savings
  • Energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system provides temperature control.

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