Union Junior/Senior High School|
Architect & Structural Engineer
Holabird & Root
140 South Dearborn Street, #500, Chicago, IL 60603
Location: Mount Union, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: May 2009 Construction Period: May 2009 to Sep
Total Square Feet: 165,238 Site: 22 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 48 classrooms; auditorium seating
capacity, 680; gymnasium capacity, 850.
Building Size: First floor, 141,238; second floor, 24,000; total,
165,238 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 12’4”; second floor, 12’4”; total,
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof:
Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal
Structural Engineer: Keller Engineers, Inc. - 420 Allegheny
Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
General Contractor: Leonard S. Flore, Inc. - 5506 Sixth Avenue,
Rear, Altoona, PA 16602
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: IEQ Engineering - 15 North
Front Street, #300, Steelton, PA 17113
Theater Design: Environmental Acoustics - 1400 Hummel Avenue,
Leymoyne, PA 17043
Food Service Design: Barry Haugh & Associates - 47 Jean Lo Way,
York, PA 17406
Mount Union is on the Juniata River, at the foot of Jack's Mountain.
Once called the "Silica Brick Capital of the World", the three large
refractory plants made brick used to line steel furnaces and coke ovens.
This 2,500-person community had long ago faced economic challenge with
the closure of the three brickyards, and the end of coal mining in the
"broad-top" area of Huntingdon County. With an average annual income for
families of $21,400 well below state and national averages, the
community continues to face the challenge of creating opportunities for
its young people.
The 1954 Junior/Senior High School had last been expanded in 1962 and
much of the building was original to its date of construction. As a
strong desire existed to better separate junior and senior high age
pupils, as well as improve educational offerings, a number of internal
space conversions occurred. This included the creation of new easily
identifiable exterior entrances for the Middle and High school wings,
reversing the building's original floor plan, as well as providing an
entrance for the community center. While budget was constrained by local
economics, but interior rejuvenation was a client goal, the focus of the
interior design was to embrace the buildings existing elements of
mid-century modern design style (often referred to as "populux" or "googie'
architecture) with updated color palettes and materials.
Several small additions house auxiliary gymnasium, team locker rooms,
weight room, library, Internet cafe, vocational agriculture lab space,
District Administration offices and kitchen support. The library serves
as the local branch of the Huntington County Library System with an
exterior entrance for community use for when the schools is not in
session. This space is a reinterpretation of the 1950s to 1960s
mid-century modern interior, with an updated color scheme. The space
includes a reading area, conference rooms, a distance learning center
and an Internet café style computer lab.
The auditorium was fully renovated with an enlargement of the stage and
reconfiguration of the seating to "continental style". Acoustic upgrades
were of primary importance with the original asbestos plaster ceiling
being removed and a series of wood faced sound reflectors and absorbers
installed at ceiling, side and rear walls. Interior finishes, lighting,
stage, and sound systems were also design considerations.
Although a formal green rating was not pursued, energy efficiency was
central to the design. Single pane windows were replaced with new units
featuring interior light shelves, high performance glass and exterior
sunshades. On the 1962 two-story addition, aluminum curtain wall systems
were replaced with new aluminum clad triple pane units and an insulated
metal panel infill system. Roof mounted energy recovery units (ERV's)
coupled with a ground-coupled geothermal heating/cooling system (one
hundred sixty 450-foot deep wells) provide substantially improved
utility costs. In large areas packaged gas fired/DX heating/cooling
units were installed with variable ventilation CO2 monitoring. Site
lighting was replaced with LED fixtures. Internally all original
incandescent and T-12 fluorescent lighting fixtures were replaced with
T-5 and compact fluorescent bulbs.
Roofing: Carlisle Syntec
Flooring: Interface, Lees Carpet, AZROCK, Flexco Sports Flooring
Windows: Graham Architectural
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer