The Donald J. Reaves Student Activities Center houses a gymnasium, fitness center, conference rooms, offices, recreation areas, and a food court. Prior to construction, the campus was missing a sense of home and community, and the existing fitness room was cramped, with only 15 workout stations and a complete absence of natural light. This project was in response to the continued growth and campus enhancement efforts of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). Sud served as Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection (MEP+FP) Design Consultant responsible for providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering design services. The mechanical systems integrated with campus chilled water and steam loops and provided piping and connections for future buildings. The air handling systems utilize variable volume controls and heat recovery to provide comfort control with low operating costs and noise. The HVAC control system integrated seamlessly with the campus-wide control and energy metering system. An integrated design approach, extensive energy modeling, and incorporation of numerous resource conservation techniques resulted in the building achieving LEED Gold certification. Sustainable systems incorporated in the building included daylighting, highly efficient lighting and occupancy sensors, DDC controls, variable air and water flow, energy recovery from exhaust of restrooms and locker rooms, low flow water fixtures, and heat recovery from the kitchen refrigeration systems.
LEED Gold certification
The facility incorporated many different and varied uses, each requiring different mechanical and electrical solutions. This required creative design approaches and close coordination with the Owner and Architect to customize the HVAC and lighting systems with the needs and aesthetic of the facility.
The site was steeply sloped and crisscrossed with utilities that had to be relocated, which required extensive field investigation, design expertise, and construction coordination.