SUNY Alfred State College MacKenzie Hall

Residence Hall Renovation

Industry: Higher Education

Services Provided: Climate Leadership, MEP Engineering

Pathfinder provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection engineering and energy modeling for the renovation of this 74,588 sq. ft. building.

The complex houses 1,100 students in four wings and a central quad area. Renovations are being completed in three phases with Phases 1 and 2 completed and Phase 3 in construction.

During Phase 1 renewal an existing two-story dining hall was renovated to create food service, student laundry, a fitness room and seating areas. Additional work included replacement heating, plumbing, power and data systems. A new fire protection system was added for student safety.

Design includes new fire alarm and sprinkler systems, updated power and data in all resident rooms, creation of study areas, kitchenettes and gathering locations on each floor of the towers and rowhouses, improvements to ventilation systems including energy recovery technologies and replacement of all lighting with modern LED fixtures.

Boiler Decentralization

In a separate project, Pathfinder provided full-service design for the decentralization of the existing boiler plant as part of a multi-phased project. Pathfinder’s design included two high-efficiency condensing style boilers in each building with a service connection for an optional third boiler. The modular system provides heat for both the building and production of domestic hot water.

A DDC building management control system was installed to monitor and manage boiler, pump and control valve operation and was incorporated into the campus network.

Electrical upgrades supports the new mechanical equipment.