APG Federal Credit Union Arena

Bel Air, MD

BKM provided MEP services for the 52,000-square-foot APG Federal Credit Union Arena HVAC renovation that was originally constructed in 1968 and housed the gymnasium, indoor pool, dance studios, fitness center, general purpose classrooms, and faculty offices.

The construction was phased to allow the building to remain in operation during construction. The new 27,000-square-foot expansion accommodates a new therapeutic pool, sauna, whirlpool, racquet ball courts, indoor practice rooms, training rooms, and much needed storage. This addition is also home to new 3,000-seat arena and associated fitness center, showers, and locker rooms. BKM designed the MEP services to achieve LEED Silver certification. The sustainable features on this project include low cut-off site lighting fixtures, low flow plumbing fixtures, and a high efficient HVAC system and a green roof.

All new MEP services were brought into the building’s addition (sized for the final build-out). HVAC included chilled water and heating water distribution to central station air handlers, while power exists of a new 480-volt/3 phase service. To validate the HVAC design for the large volume basketball arena, BKM performed a computational fluid dynamics model of the space to demonstrate airflow patterns, air velocity, and thermal characteristics.