Project DescriptionMoseley Architects in partnership with Manekin Construction built the Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) Student Recreation Center to assist the growing campus with its vision of encouraging students and faculty to live healthier lives. The new-build 35,000 sq. ft. LEED® Gold-targeted facility serves as the college’s largest architectural project, featuring a large gymnasium surrounded by a running track, three workout areas, multipurpose spaces, locker rooms, and other storage and service areas.
C.R. Laurence supplied the architectural team with advanced solutions that both align with the modern design aesthetic and the campus’ need for improved energy efficiency. Eco-friendly features including green cleaning initiatives and practices, high efficiency thermal windows, sunshades, and highly reflective paving and shading of walkway surfaces drastically reduces heat island effect and the building’s carbon footprint.
CRL-U.S. Aluminum’s patented Series HP3253 High Performance Triple Glaze Curtain Wall outfits a large portion of the new building façade. This innovative system features dual thermal barrier technology employing two fill and debridge pockets, and three thermal break points, with potential U-Factors of 0.32 to 0.17 NFRC100. It is engineered to optimize energy efficiency and enhance condensation resistance through a continuous thermal spacer, and injection molded end dams and closure plates. To complement its energy efficient nature, this LEED-friendly system is extruded from 75% recycled aluminum, and contains 0 VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), helping to reduce overall energy loss by 30% - 50%. In addition, Durafront Series 850 Wide Stile Doors provide the Student Recreation Center with heavy-duty aluminum entrances that are designed to withstand high student foot traffic.
The BRCC project serves as an excellent example of academic institutions crafting greener, more efficient buildings that maintain a contemporary aesthetic that remains true to the institution’s goals and character.