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Charles T. Butler Teaching and Learning Resource Center

Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton Campus
Hazleton, PA

The Charles T. Butler Teaching and Learning Resource Center is a recent addition to Penn States Hazelton Campus. Working with the Project Architect, MRA was called upon to seek quiet solutions, both literally and figuratively, to the challenges of integrating substantial MEP/FP systems into the technology center’s rich and complex architecture. The design consisted of a two story structure, encompassing 18,000 sf, that provides new technology, seminar, and computer classrooms, student and faculty offices, lounge and common space, and a ‘Cyber Café’. The HVAC system incorporates a rooftop VAV system with hot water reheat. The University’s desire to be able to connect a computer at any seat combined with today’s indoor air quality demands created challenges not typical to conventional classroom design. This challenge was met through the use of CO2 sensors in every classroom, a LONworks based ATC system, and a summer boiler allowing the system to meet the code requirements for out door air and still maintain required temperature and humidity levels without sacrificing energy conservation. The new facility also is equipped with high efficiency sensor controlled direct / indirect lighting systems. The data network is comprised of all Category 5E wiring, with drops for each space, including, gathering and common spaces, and the Cafe. Wireless access points are strategically located to provide internet access for laptop users, both inside the building and at the gathering spaces on the exterior perimeter of the building.