New Holland Recreational Center|
48-50 West Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603
New Holland, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Aug 2007 Construction Period: Jan 2008 to Oct
Total Square Feet: 51,256 Site: .93 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 51,256; total, 51,256 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 32’6”; total, 32’6”.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/Type IIB.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Metal.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Greenebaum Structures, P. C. - 26-28 Market
Square, #2, Manheim, PA 17545
General Contractor: Wohlsen Construction Company - 548 Steel Way,
Lancaster, PA 17604
Mechanical Engineer: Protech Mechanical Contractors, Inc. - 1913
McFarland Drive, Landisville, PA 17538
Electrical Engineer: Lancaster Electric, Inc. - 679 East Ross
Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
Pool Engineer: Atlantic Aquatic Engineering - 1823 Deep Run Road,
Pipersville, PA 18947
The New Holland Recreation Center is an example of taking a tired, old
space and converting into a newer and fresher facility. The warehouse
that currently contains the New Holland Recreation Center was previously
owned by Good’s Furniture who was subsequently purchased by Breuner’s
Furniture. Richard Good, owner of the warehouse offered to sell a
portion of the warehouse to the New Holland Recreation Center to which
they agreed. Prior to this agreement, a group of building committee
members along with representatives from Cornerstone Design-Architects
toured the facility in order to evaluate the surrounding site and
interior space. Ultimately, it was decided that the space could indeed
meet the needs of the program, but also offer a competitive value for
the property on which it would be located.
The recreation center contains a wellness area, junior-high regulation
size gymnasium, men’s, women’s, and family room lockers, indoor leisure
pool, walking track, aerobics room, child care area, a classroom, game
area, and office/administration areas. The design includes a curving,
main corridor connecting the main entrance to the gymnasium and pool
areas along with the walking track. The walking track is integrated with
the public circulation as a concept to reduce program area by
integrating the corridors and walking track together. The design of the
exterior included adding a base course of a split-face masonry veneer
along with adding storefront window openings to allow natural light to
penetrate the interior spaces of the facility. The exterior siding was
painted with graphics to dress up the front elevations. A large steel
canopy was also added to accentuate the main entrance of the facility
and guide visitors to the front door.
This project, however, shared its number of challenges within the
existing structure. In planning space within the existing pre-engineered
building, special care needed to be taken in locating larger spaces such
as the gymnasium and indoor leisure pool. The gymnasium was delegated to
be located within the largest bay of the facility to accommodate the
junior-high regulation size court. Additionally, the indoor leisure pool
was interwoven around existing steel columns and one of the columns was
engaged into the design of the pool and became a bench feature within
the pool itself. Another challenge in working with an existing
pre-engineered structure was the inability to locate and support any
building element requiring structural support from the pre-engineered
structure above. This effected the selected location of mechanical
equipment within the shell of the building. To solve this problem, the
design team created an equipment platform located between the indoor
leisure pool and gymnasium areas. This equipment platform was centrally
located to feed ductwork to the main areas of the facility.
The project has also been envisioned for future growth with some of the
plans to include an elevated running track and a climbing wall
The project has been considered a success and the recreation center has
already surpassed their expectations for membership in the New Holland
area of Lancaster County.