Knight Hall, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland

Gipe Associates, Inc. provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering for the construction of a new building at the University of Maryland to house the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism.

The building is 53,400 square feet and provides state-of-the-art teaching facilities, computer labs, a student library, offices, and a professional outreach center. To serve the buildings heating and cooling demand the central campus utilities was extended from the Satellite Central Utility Building (SCUB) located with-in the adjacent Tawes building. In order to hydraulically de-couple the buildings distribution piping loop from the primary distribution loop, flat plate type heat exchangers were installed with-in the new facility. A variable speed pumping system was utilized to distribute chilled water and heater water throughout the building. The building’s central Heating Ventilating and Air conditioning (HVAC) equipment consists of multiple Variable Air Volume (VAV) Rooftop Air Handling units.

Knight Hall is the first University-owned, LEED Gold Certified Building. The facility was designed to promote interaction between students by giving them an array of media in various education settings.




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