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Edinboro University | Highlands Student Housing

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Project Description
Karpinski Engineering provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design along with security consultation services for The Highlands residence halls at Edinboro University. All buildings are four stories of wood frame construction and house 796 students. There are two suite buildings measuring 67,000 SF and two semi-suite buildings measuring 59,000 SF. There are 50 semi-suites and 57 single occupancy suites located in each of the two buildings.
The HVAC system for the dormitory buildings utilizes a geothermal source. Geothermal fields are located in campus open green space. The buildings with suites each have 48 bores of 300 foot depth while the semi-suites each have 42 bores of 300 foot depth. The suites and semi-suites have horizontal heat pumps located above the ceilings for heating and cooling. Ventilation is provided by rooftop heat pump energy recovery units. The total system cooling capacity for the suites buildings is approximately 60 tons. The total system cooling capacity for the semi-suites buildings is approximately 50 tons.
Karpinski Engineering also provided a campus security system master plan, standards package, and police department dispatch upgrade. Our team provided security design services for the four new dormitory buildings including state-of-the-art access control and surveillance camera systems. During the course of the design it was discovered that the campus infrastructure and police dispatch could not support these new systems to their fullest. As a result, Karpinski Engineering provided the University with a design for upgrading the police dispatch area.
A campus standards document was created to ensure any future upgrades are integrated properly into the new system and that certain security standards are maintained. Our team also assisted in drafting campus policies in regards to these systems.


Project Stats
Design Date: 2009
Completion Date: 2010
Project Cost: $74,000,000.00
Square Footage: 500,000
City: Edinboro
State: Pennsylvania
Name: Edinboro University
Facility: Highlands Student Housing