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  St. Raphael Academy Alumni Hall Athletic & Wellness Center


Vision 3 Architects
225 Chapman Street, Providence, RI 02905-4592

General Description

Location: Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Date Bid: Apr 2006
Construction Period: May 2006 to Sep 2007
Total Square Feet: 30,268 Site: 1.272 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. 
Building Size: Basement, 8,425; first floor, 21,843; total, 30,268 square feet. Building Height: Basement, 12’; floor to floor, 13’4”; gym, 31’6”; main building, 14’. 
Basic Construction Type: New/ 2B. Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, cement siding boards. Roof: Membrane, asphalt shingles. Floors: Concrete, wood. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: STS Consultants - 2524 S. Broadway, Salem, IL 62881
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: AKRA Builders, Inc. - P.O. Box 1225, Effingham, IL 62401
Electrical Engineer: Sandschafer Electric, Inc. - 15421 E. State Highway 33, Teutopolis, IL 62467
Mechanical Engineer: Merz Heating & Air Conditioning - 509 South Willow Street, Effingham, IL 62401

St. Raphael Academy Alumni Hall Athletic & Wellness Center, Page 23

In September 2007, St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, R.I. held the grand opening and dedication service for Alumni Hall, their new athletic and wellness center. Designed by Vision 3 Architects of Providence, R.I., Alumni Hall replaces the academy’s 80-year old gymnasium. 

At the heart of the new facility is the gymnasium. It is the home court for the St. Raphael Saints basketball team, and has two overlapping practice courts, a full size volleyball court, and seating for 850 spectators. 

The building also includes a 2,500-square-foot fitness and weight training room with over 30 pieces of equipment ranging from free weights to treadmills. Adjacent to the weight room is a “smart,” multi-purpose classroom for academic classes and team presentations. The lower level contains locker rooms, showers, faculty offices, a conference room, and a new training and treatment center.

The new center enhances the academy’s physical education program. Not only does Alumni Hall house competitive and intramural sports, it provides options for those who do not excel in group sports or regular gym class. The weight and fitness training area, with its combination of cardiovascular equipment, free weights and circuit machines, will be utilized as part of the academy’s educational program for all students. 

St. Raphael Academy’s campus spans two city blocks in the historic Quality Hill neighborhood of Pawtucket. Alumni Hall is the first new, stand-alone building built on the academy’s campus since 1928.

Vision 3 Architects collaborated with the academy, the community, and the City to develop a design that complements the historic architectural character of the neighborhood, while meeting stringent City zoning requirements. Traditional materials, when combined with contemporary forms and architectural detailing, blend Alumni Hall into the surrounding neighborhood. By placing all support spaces in the basement level, the building footprint was minimized to create parking and landscape areas to satisfy zoning requirements.

One of Vision 3’s priorities was to incorporate energy efficient features into the design, thereby reducing operating costs, and making Alumni Hall an environmentally friendly building. 

Sustainable design features include:
Orienting the building north-south to maximize daylight and minimize heat gain.

- Reducing water usage by installing water efficient plumbing fixtures and hands-free automatic flush valves and faucets.

- Incorporating glazing and insulation that exceeds energy code requirements. A white, reflective roof protects against UV-rays, lowers surface temperatures, reduces energy costs, and reduces cooling loads. 

- Using low, or no omitting, VOC (volatile omitting contaminant) floor and wall finishes. Sealed and polished concrete is the predominant floor material throughout the building. The thermal mass of the concrete reduces cooling and heating loads as well as the potential for indoor air contaminants.

- Using large spans of high performance glass and skylights to maximize daylight and reduce the need for artificial lighting. 

- Using high performance, low energy, fluorescent lighting fixtures. Room occupancy sensors automatically turn off lighting when spaces are not occupied.  


DIV. 4: Brick: Carolina Ceramics
DIV. 7: Membrane: Firestone; Shingles: CertainTeed; EIFS: Dryvit. 
DIV. 8: Window, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer; Glass: Pilkington Gray Eclipse Advantage. 
DIV. 9: Acoustical: Armstrong; Gypsum: USG; Concrete Coating: Permashine; Floor Mats: Mats’ Inc.; Wood: Connor Sports Flooring; Tile: Daltile; Carpet: Shaw Contract. 
DIV. 26: Lighting: Lithonia, Lightolier, Focal Point, Gardco, Sportlite.

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