SUNY Brockport Albert W. Brown Building Academic Success Center


Industry: Higher Education

Services Provided: MEP Engineering

Pathfinder provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering for the renovation to create a campus Academic Success Center. Constructed in 1974, the 52,000 sq. ft. building received renovations to 20,000 sq. ft. to create large spaces for group learning, study and testing, as well as individual offices for meetings with students.

Mechanical system design retained two existing roof top units and added a packaged roof top air handler with direct expansion cooling (31 tons) to meet the needs of the additional square footage on the first floor. New fin-tube radiation baseboard heaters were installed in the new program spaces on the first floor along perimeter walls. A new radiant snow melt system was provided to the new main entrance walkways. Supplemental cooling provided to the second floor conference spaces included ceiling-mounted mini-split evaporators and associated air-cooled mini-split system condensing units located on the roof.

A new 4” fire sprinkler service with dual-zone fire protection system designed to NFPA 13 provides full coverage of the building.

Existing power distribution and panels provide convenient branch circuit power. LED lighting fixtures are primarily controlled by occupancy sensors.  The existing fire alarm system was expanded with smoke and/or heat detection sensors providing the most current life safety protection throughout the building.