The project received the CMAA Mid-Atlantic Project of the Year Award in the Category of Higher Education Projects over $20 Million!
The project is one of the most innovative energy efficiency projects in the country at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. Heery managed the project, which involved extensive renovations to an abandoned recreation center built in the 1940s, repurposing a building consisting of locker rooms, basketball courts, a bowling alley and indoor pool into a living laboratory to research energy efficiency throughout a US Department of Energy initiative called the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), which aims to research and showcase proven green technologies.
Renovations to the existing 36,882 SF buildings created energy research laboratories, technology demonstrations spaces, event space, conference facilities, office and support spaces. CBEI is made up of 14 organizations from across the country, including major universities, global industrial companies and national laboratories with Pennsylvania State University leading the consortium. The project also included a 25,200 academic building called the Center for Energy Education and Innovation (CEEI), with classrooms, office space, laboratory spaces, and a state-of-the-art auditorium, which was constructed across the street from the existing building.
The building also utilizes the latest green technologies and methods. Active and passive chilled beams, which uses water instead of air to call and heat buildings, helps to regulate temperature. Energy-conserving Sandwich Insulations Panels covers the roof. Motorized window shades allows for sufficient natural light in without heating the building.
In addition, the Heery team was tasked with overseeing a project that kept the bones of the building intact, including the laminated wood arches that provide structural support. The building itself includes solar panels that gather energy to be stored in photo-voltaic cells to power the building. It also includes an irrigation system for the green roof of the building.