• Mines Student Recreation Center
  • Mines Student Recreation Center
  • Mines Student Recreation Center
  • Mines Student Recreation Center
  • Mines Student Recreation Center
  • Mines Student Recreation Center
  • Mines Student Recreation Center
  • Colorado School of Mines

    Golden, Colorado

    The new Student Recreation Center serves as modern architectural landmark for this esteemed university’s students and staff. The 108,000 SF facility provides a comprehensive assortment of fitness and activity spaces including competition and recreation gymnasi­ums; eight-lane, 25-yard swimming pool; hot tub; climbing wall towers; elevated jog­ging track; 5,000 SF fitness lab; juice bar; and multipurpose activ­ity rooms. RMH’s highly sustainable mechanical design features direct/indirect evapo­rative cooling capabilities incorporated into the building’s custom air-handling units (AHUs). The AHU serving the natatorium is the most complex unit in the building as it must be able to control the space humidity level to 50% (+/-10%) and space temperature at 85º year-round. The exhaust fan is operated with a variable-speed drive which controls the speed of the fan in response to relative space pressure. Cooling for the natatorium is provided by indirect evaporative cooling only since direct evapora­tive cooling would add excessive amounts of humidity to the space. An air-to-air heat exchanger recovers energy from the exhausted air and uses it to pre-condition the large amounts of air brought in to keep humidity levels to manageable levels. RMH’s design also incorporated instantaneous hot water heaters and low-flow plumb­ing fix­tures to minimize water consumption.
 

Mines Student Recreation Center

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, Colorado

The new Student Recreation Center serves as modern architectural landmark for this esteemed university’s students and staff. The 108,000 SF facility provides a comprehensive assortment of fitness and activity spaces including competition and recreation gymnasi­ums; eight-lane, 25-yard swimming pool; hot tub; climbing wall towers; elevated jog­ging track; 5,000 SF fitness lab; juice bar; and multipurpose activ­ity rooms.

RMH’s highly sustainable mechanical design features direct/indirect evapo­rative cooling capabilities incorporated into the building’s custom air-handling units (AHUs). The AHU serving the natatorium is the most complex unit in the building as it must be able to control the space humidity level to 50% (+/-10%) and space temperature at 85º year-round. The exhaust fan is operated with a variable-speed drive which controls the speed of the fan in response to relative space pressure. Cooling for the natatorium is provided by indirect evaporative cooling only since direct evapora­tive cooling would add excessive amounts of humidity to the space. An air-to-air heat exchanger recovers energy from the exhausted air and uses it to pre-condition the large amounts of air brought in to keep humidity levels to manageable levels. RMH’s design also incorporated instantaneous hot water heaters and low-flow plumb­ing fix­tures to minimize water consumption.

Awards

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), First, Place, New Commercial Building Category, Region IX Technology Awards, 2008