San Diego, Calif.
Alcorn & Benton provided Architectural & Engineering services and construction administration for the comprehensive renovation and conversion of an existing 57,000 sf concrete gymnasium building for multiple uses, including classrooms, training rooms and a student lounge area. The antiquated condition of the existing building systems and the addition of classrooms in close proximity to the gymnasium spaces required extensive analysis and upgrades of all systems. HVAC, electrical, acoustical and fire services were replaced. Charity Lonberger managed ABA’s various consultants and coordinated all communications between the University Staff, Consultants, State Fire Marshal and the DSA.
The following was included in the renovation:
ADA Study of the northeast elevator, north restroom facilities and path of travel from the north parking lot
Renovation of existing space into a new Smart Classroom (shown below)
Basketball court renovation and striping plan
Addition of new fire sprinkler system and upgrade to existing fire alarm system in Gym and Racquetball Building
Per Life Safety Study of the existing stairs to the Balcony, an addition of a southeast exterior egress stair
Life Safety and ADA Study of the existing northeast exterior stair and existing and proposed corridor
Advanced study of the existing chill water service and chill plant
Structural evaluation & upgrades to existing ceiling/roof systems
Evaluation and upgrade of the existing electrical services
Interior Improvements – acoustic wall panels, paints, signage, fixed furniture, flooring, ceiling tiles, etc.
Other services included: cost estimating, bidding assistance, twice-weekly construction meetings
SDSU Smart classroom
Over the years, SDSU has adopted an assembly of technologies that have been described as “Smart Classroom,” which has the ability to provide for remote learning sites linked to a live classroom. This project provides for various enhancements to both the discussion and the presentation of materials, providing a better sense of presence and active participation in the virtual classroom experience. By centralizing the instructor controls and enhancing the ability to present all materials from that central podium, it is now possible for the instructor to control a wide range of learning experiences through prepared materials, live demonstrations with manipulated items, written “white board” on the desk, with live monitors and student feedback methods. This smart classroom podium design is also ADA accessible and the maintenance and interchangeability of the components is planned for future changes in technology as well. This design is also adaptable to other classrooms and learning settings at SDSU.