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College of Engineering Unit: 
Civil and Construction Engineering
Project Team Member(s): 
Cade Harmon, Sai Khaung Hkam, Jennifer Calixtro, Mikaela Alfrey, Shenghao Wu and Kyaw Saw Htut
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Project Description: 

Oregon State University plans to build a new sports facility in Corvallis, Oregon. The new sports performance - basketball facility is on campus along SW Campus Way and SW 26th Street as shown in Figure 1. The sports facility is used to support OSU athletics programs such as football, wrestling, and men’s and women’s basketball. Motivation for this project came from the athletics department at OSU to develop a center that student-athletes can come to for a private and team space to practice and workout in. The stakeholders for this project are Oregon State University, the State of Oregon, and the SPB2 design team.  

Team SPB2 has constructed an integrative design that is sustainable, cost-effective, and safe. The objectives are met by adequate selection of equipment, materials, and thermal resistivity. The design team consists of three structural engineers, one mechanical system designer, one building envelope designer, and one water resource engineer. The structural engineers design a load resisting system that meets the service load requirements. The mechanical system designer selects sustainable and efficient equipment in collaboration with the building envelope designer and structural engineers. The water resource engineer determines the facilities water needs so that it is cost-effective and sustainable. The building envelope engineer designs an envelope that achieves high thermal efficiency. It is important to note that all engineers on the project are working together to integrate each other's discipline design into their own for a more fluid and flexible design.  

The final design for the sports performance – basketball facility includes using steel members to create braced frames for the lateral force resisting system and using steel deck and concrete composite slabs for the gravity force resisting system. The use of mainly steel will align with the design goals of being sustainable and cost-effective. It is also a safer option because steel and concrete can withstand high loads and long spans, such as for an upper-level basketball court, it takes up less volumetric space. The space saving design option allows for more space for the mechanical design. The space allows for more efficient duct shapes such as the round duct that is used in the building. The mechanical system design consists of a dedicated outdoor air system coupled with a water source heat pump loop supplemented with a boiler and chiller. This is a sustainable option and the safest in terms of providing proper ventilation. Although a higher capital cost, the operating costs will be lower than other systems. For the water resource management, a catch basin system is designed along the eastern parking lot running north to south along the center of the parking lot. This management plan saves building footprint space and provides adequate drainage during the rainy seasons in Oregon. To enclose the building, the building envelope design consists of a hybrid insulated wall that is modified to work with load-bearing and non-load-bearing walls. A hybrid wall allows for a greater thermal performance which helps the mechanical design as well as being adaptable for load-bearing applications to help the structural design. The following report will outline the design process for the sports performance – basketball facility that was completed by team SPB2. 

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