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360 degree tour of HWC facility

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History of HWC facility

The Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center (HWC) included a renovation of the Old Physical Educational (OPE) building and an addition of nearly 80,000 square feet of academic, recreational, and athletic space in the Spring of 2011. The Campus Recreation Department’s portion was 45,000 square feet, comprising a two-court gymnasium with elevated track, two racquetball courts, three multipurpose rooms, a 6,000 square foot strength, cardiovascular and weight training area, a 40 foot high by 40 feet wide rock climbing wall, locker rooms and upgrades to the Wolverton Memorial swimming pool, equipment check-out area, and office spaces.

There are 25,000 square feet of academic space that includes 10 classrooms as a part of this project. Spaces included a multipurpose room, three-tiered classrooms, a kinesiology lab, four standard classrooms, and several general-purpose classrooms. The Athletic Department has approximately 8,000 square feet of space for locker rooms, offices, and equipment storage.

LEED certification: sustainability

The Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center received the LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, to obtain this Western Oregon University Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center employed numerous sustainable features, from the management of stormwater runoff to the use of natural ventilation in the building.

As part of the overall project, the existing OPE building will have improved exterior thermal performance, an introduction of high performance chilled beams, and new lighting throughout. The Aquatic Center is being renovated with new pool equipment and the introduction of a heat recovery unit that extracts energy off the exhaust air and preheats the fresh air intake.

Stormwater runoff on the site will be reduced by installing bioswales and detention planters around the building. Low flow faucets and showerheads, as well as dual-flush toilets,  reduce water consumption in the building by at least 40 percent.

An integrated building design utilizing a highly efficient building envelope, and a combination of displacement ventilation and natural ventilation, will yield more than 20 percent energy efficiency over code. A heat recovery chiller will utilize waste heat generated from space cooling to help heat the swimming pool. Extensive daylight and automatic window shading are also employed throughout the building to maximize solar heat gain and increase user comfort.