Hutchinson Sports Arena
Construction Manager: JE Dunn Construction
General Contractor: The Waldinger Corporation
Architect: SJCF Architecture
Mechanical Engineer: BASIS Engineering Consultants
Hutchinson Community College decided to update the aging infrastructure of Hutchinson Sports Arena. Project specifications included tight space constraints with high ventilation requirements and a focus on superb occupant comfort. To continue stewarding College and City funds in an effective way, the facility system updates needed to be energy efficient. The Arena needed an air conditioning system with high levels of ventilation that could accommodate limited roof and cavity space while providing heating and cooling to a wide variety of spaces including a multi-purpose arena, community gym and running track, weight training and sports medicine room, locker and team areas, lobby, concessions and food services areas, offices, club areas and conference rooms.
BCS proposed energy efficient and innovative mechanical equipment solutions that perfectly fit the owner’s needs. Large AAON VAV Air Handling Units (AHUs) provide a comfortable environment to the Arena, keeping humidity at bay. Four large AAON 25,000 CFM AHU Split Systems service the 7,500 seat multi-purpose arena. Normally, providing heating and cooling efficiently for this type of space with high ventilation is a challenge. BCS recommended an AAON solution that provided variable cooling, heating and dehumidification to meet these difficult comfort challenges. The equipment provides energy recovery to meet current codes for efficiency.
LG Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems together with AAON Dedicated Outside Air Systems (DOAS) deliver heating, cooling and ventilation to other diverse zones while providing individualized comfort control. The DOAS and VAV Air Handling units are built to provide Hutch Arena with a long life, easy maintenance and money savings in the long-run through energy efficiency. The LG VRF system is designed to minimize or use no ductwork, which made it the perfect solution to Hutch’s limited ceiling cavity space. Additionally, the installation of VRF systems is well suited for the renovation of existing buildings, providing considerable savings.