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  New Holland Recreational Center

New Holland Recreational CenterArchitect

Cornerstone Design-Architects
48-50 West Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603

General Description

Location: New Holland, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Aug 2007 Construction Period: Jan 2008 to Oct 2008
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.

Construction Team

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 structure.

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.


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