Education

Featured Education Projects

East Stroudsburg University - Phase I & II Student Housing - East Stroudsburg, PA

 

Wick Fisher White provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services for a total of three new student housing buildings at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Phase I consisted of two buildings, Hawthorn and Hemlock Suites, while phase II included Sycamore Suites. The mixed-use occupancy buildings contain student housing and services on the upper floors and campus police services and a recreation center in the basements of the buildings. The new buildings totaled approximately 490,000 sf and offered housing approximately 1,500 students.

 

Wick Fisher White’s design accommodated the varied needs of the buildings by implementation of systems and components that allow the mission critical needs of a police station and the transient needs of a recreation center to operate seamlessly with the student residence areas. Design highlights included a geothermal heat pump system served by a well field at each building, dedicated outdoor air systems with energy recovery wheels, and modifications to the campus electrical infrastructure to accommodate a substantial increase in campus loads. Construction of the first phase was completed in 2012. Construction of the second phase will be ready for students for the Fall 2017 semester, with construction costs totaling approximately $72 million.  Phase I, Hawthorn and Hemlock Suites, achieved LEED Silver Certification. The team is pursuing LEED Silver for Phase II as well.

 

 

George L. Catrambone Elementary School - Long Branch, NJ

Wick Fisher White was the MEP engineer for the new 109,000 square foot Elberon Elementary School in Long Branch, New Jersey.  The project was completed for the New Jersey School Development Authority, following their "21 Century School Design Manual" These manual requires the team to provide energy analysis, life cycle costs, day lighting strategies, research on the potential use of renewable energy and LEED certification for the project. 

The new school, to be constructed on the site of the existing 50,000 square foot facility, will be a state of the art facility, housing up to 700 students, ranging from Pre-K through 5th grade.  The project includes over 40 classrooms with ceiling mounted projectors and in room audio enhancement systems, small group instruction space, media center, art room, music rooms, kitchen, cafetorium and gymnasium.   

The project incorporated requirements from the states' Best Practices for Homeland Security, including isolated emergency command centers, video surveillance, protective design of outside air intakes and major pieces of infrastructure. The school will result in a courtesy shelter to serve the community in the event of a local disaster.  

The HVAC system includes dedicated, ultra high efficiency vertical water source heat pumps for all classrooms, allowing all teachers individual control of the environment in their own classrooms. Gas fired rooftop H and V units, with heat recovery, provide -treated ventilation to all occupied spaces.  Larger spaces, such as the media center, gym, cafetorium, etc. are served by rooftop DX equipment with gas heat.  All refrigerants are non CFC, to comply with LEED requirements. The building is completely protected by a wet pipe fire sprinkler system and low consumption plumbing fixtures are utilized throughout the facility.  Normal power is derived from a Utility owned pad mounted transformer at 277/480 volts to a main switchboard. Distribution stations, 120/208 volt transformers and branch panel boards are located throughout the complex. The electrical system is backed up by a 400 KVA Emergency Generator, to maintain egress lighting, the emergency command center, IT equipment, limited food refrigeration equipment and the passenger elevator.  Classroom lighting consists of troffers with parabolic louvers and cover glass to meet NJSDA standards. Lighting throughout is fitted with occupancy controls. All classrooms have controls to reduce the light level to 30% of normal for AV use. All illuminance levels comply with IESNA recommendations, except as superseded by NJSDA requirements. Lighting power consumption is held within the limits imposed by AHRAE 90.1, 2004. 

Hudson County Community College Library Cx - Jersey City, NJ

Hudson County Community College constructed a new seven story, 92,350 sf multifunctional library building.  The new facility is an integral part of the College’s expansion program. The library building was designed and built with sustainable, energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems.

Wick Fisher White was retained to commission the HVAC systems and the lighting and photovoltaic system. The HVAC commissioning involved writing the test procedures based on the engineer’s requirements and the functional testing of the building automation system; the central chiller and boiler plant; seven roof top air handling units and associated variable air volume boxes and many smaller supply and exhaust systems. Seven high efficiency roof top units with energy recovery wheels provided conditioned air to each floor along with a central condensing boiler plant that provided hot water for heating. Every individual space in the building had a dedicated VAV with heating coil for precise climate and ventilation control in each room. Monitoring and control of this system was accomplished by the central building automation system. 

The lighting systems were checked for proper illumination levels, and the occupied /unoccupied timers were checked so that the occupancy sensors and daylight sensors all operated per design. The photovoltaic systems were checked to ensure that their actual electrical output matched their advertised rating. At the conclusion of our testing all systems were operating in accordance with the owner’s and engineer’s requirements.  

The commissioning process performed by WFW ensured that the systems were accurately calibrated and the central systems with each individual VAV box operated as designed. WFW also provided enhanced commissioning at this location and the two LEED points awarded for this enhanced commissioning enabled to the building to attain LEED Silver status.

Math, Civics, Science Charter School - Philadelphia, PA

MCS Charter School converted a vacant former Philadelphia bulleting warehouse and production facility into a new K-12 Charter School. The project had many variations in scope expansion and contraction, but ultimately WFW provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineer designs for renovations to approximately 28,000 sf of space on the first and second floors of the existing buildings as well as a new 23,250 sf addition, consisting of a 15,000 sf, two story classroom wing and a 8,250 sf gymnasium.  The mechanical systems utilized localized DX rooftop air conditioning units with electric heat and local control thermostats, to minimize the amount of maintenance required of the limited charter school staff.  WFW also designed new lighting that complied with the latest energy codes, modifications to the existing wet and dry pipe sprinkler systems in the existing building, as well as a new wet system for the addition.   The project brought a new electric service and distribution, eliminating the original PECO gear from near the turn of the 20th century.

Millville Early Childhood Center Conversion Millville Board of Education - Millville, NJ

Wick Fisher White provided engineering services for the Millville Board of Education to help with the renovation and design of a new early childhood center.  This project involved the conversion of an existing two story office building to an early childhood center. Included in the project was 62,000 sf of renovations and a 21,000 sf addition with provisions for another 8,000 sf in the future.  The entire building was gutted, including the roof, steel, and concrete.   

The project included the design of 25 classrooms with dedicated toilet facilities, 4 gross motor skills rooms, a parent meeting room/ cafeteria, a kitchen, some administrative space such as offices, nurse’s office, a meeting room, and conference rooms, some mechanical space, and an elevator.  The design services provided by WFW were a water source heat pump system, plumbing, fire protection sprinklers, lighting, power, the fire alarm, and tele/data.

Montclair State University - Upper Montclair, NJ

WFW designed the HVAC systems for Calcia Hall. The HVAC systems were upgraded to provide several items, including improved comfort conditions, improved indoor air quality, and continued use of the building during construction. This upgrade was accomplished in phases, since the building remained occupied during construction.

The Partridge Hall HVAC system upgrades were needed because of increased internal loads from electronic equipment, increased ventilation loads from current mechanical codes, and the age and inefficiency of the existing equipment. The four-story classroom building was renovated on a phased schedule, one floor at a time to minimize downtime.

Rowan University - Glassboro, New Jersey

Classroom and Lab Building Evaluations

Under a term Contract, Wick Fisher White was the “Engineer of Record” for Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.  The projects pertain to ongoing service upgrades, renovations and expansions. WFW was the MEP engineer on the following projects:

  • Robertson Hall
  • Bunce Hall
  • Wilson Hall
  • Westby Hall
  • Esbjornson Hall

Student Center/ MarketPlace

Wick Fisher White recently stepped in to help Gourmet Foods and provided complete mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design services for a fast paced renovation of the food pre and service lines in the Rowan University Student Center Market Place Food Court as well as a new pizza shop /convenience store in the Student Clubhouse. The project included modifications to the existing serving line in the Student Center, for a variety of serving stations, new hood exhaust, natural gas, plumbing and electrical power. The project was completed for the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year.

Campbell Library, Fifth and Sixth Floor- Sprinkler System Replacement

Wick Fisher white provided the mechanical, electrical plumbing and fire protection engineering required for the complete replacement of the existing fire protection sprinklers in the 5th and 6th floor of the Rowan University Campbell Library. The existing dry pipe sprinkler system had numerous leaks and posed a threat to damage highly sensitive archives on the 5th floor as well as high end finishes in the sixth floor executive conference room. This project was completed in 2012.

Mimosa Residence Hall-Domestic Water Heater System Renovation

Wick Fisher White provided the mechanical, plumbing and electrical design for the replacement of the steam powered domestic water heating system for the Rowan University Mimosa Residence Hall, in Glassboro, New Jersey. The project included the demolition of the existing campus high-pressure steam piping in the mechanical room and the existing domestic and heating water systems. The new design featured a pressure reducing station from the high pressure delivered by the campus loop, down to 15 psi as required by the new heaters. It also included redundant instantaneous steam to hot water exchanger for the domestic hot water system, steam powered condensate pumps and an innovative pressure relief vent within a decorative kiosk. This project was completed in 2011.

Rowan Hall Extend Chilled Water Piping

The work involved design and documentation to connect Rowan Hall to the campus chilled water loop.  Phase I consisted of connecting to existing chilled water supply and return piping at an existing manhole near Wilson Hall, and extending the piping to a new manhole near the loading dock at Rowan Hall.  Phase II consisted of extending chilled water supply and return piping from the new manhole into the mechanical room of Rowan Hall, and providing a plate-and-frame heat exchanger interface. The project is located at Rowan University, and the project has approximately 300-feet run of underground piping between manholes.  The mechanical room is located on the second floor of Rowan Hall. This project was completed in 2011.

Student Center New Chilled Water Heat Exchanger Assembly

The work involved design and documentation of a new plate-and-frame water-to-water heat exchanger, piping, valves and controls to allow future removal of existing chillers and connection to the campus chilled water loop.  The project is located in the ground floor mechanical room in the Student Center.  This project was designed such that the underground chilled water piping, plus the isolation valves and bypass header in the mechanical room may be installed under the Utilities Infrastructure Program, and the remainder of the piping and controls may be done as part of the Student Center ATC upgrades.  The design was similar to the cooling tower removal project at the Student Recreation Center. This project was completed in 2011.

North Residence Halls New Sewage Ejector

The work involved the design of a new sewage ejector to serve the Chestnut and Magnolia Residence Halls.  Chestnut Hall is a three story building, with approximately 180 student dormitory rooms. It will accommodate up to 360 students. Magnolia Hall is also a three story building, but with approximately 90 student dormitory rooms. It will accommodate up to 180 students.  These are two of the three buildings that make up the “North Hall Residences” on the Rowan University Campus in Glassboro, Gloucester County, New Jersey.  This project was completed in 2008. 

Feasibility Study for Aviary Lab

The work included engineering services for the preparation of a feasibility study for the placement of the Aviary Lab at one of three potential locations.  Two of the locations will be at the Science Building, and the third location will be determined by the University.  The Aviary Lab will be approximately 20-feet by 50-feet in size, and will require HVAC, plumbing, electrical power and lighting, fire alarm, and possibly fire protection.  WFW also planned for connections to the University's telephone and data lines and Ethernet system.  

Steam Pipe Replacement

The work involved the design and documentation of a new underground steam main, condensate, and high pressure drip to replace the existing leaking  main adjacent to Bossert Hall and the Science Building.  

Shippensburg University - Shippensburg, PA

Wick Fisher White provided full MEP design and construction administration services for the construction of a new 70,000 square foot performing arts center on the campus of Shippensburg University. The facility includes a 1,500 seat auditorium, a grand atrium entrance lobby, backstage support areas, rehearsal studios, and classroom space for instruction in the performing arts. Special design considerations included maintaining stable humidity and temperature control, and good indoor air quality, regardless of the dramatic fluctuations in building occupancy associated with the varying functions of the facility. Exceptional acoustic control was also a primary concern in the selection and design of the building’s mechanical systems. HVAC systems include a new chilled water plant and distribution piping, and a new hot water heating distribution system utilizing a new boiler for summer heating, and the existing campus steam distribution loop for heating during the winter months. Multiple central station air handling units deliver environmental air to varying parts of the building by way of acoustically controlled duct distribution systems.

Thomas Jefferson University - Martin Residence Hall - Philadelphia, PA

In 2007 Thomas Jefferson University initiated the phased renovation of the Martin Residence Hall, a nine-story dormitory building serving their Philadelphia, Pennsylvania campus. Wick Fisher White provided MEP design and construction administration services for each phase of the project.  The first phase involved infrastructure upgrades, which included the installation of a new automatic sprinkler system throughout, the replacement of an aged base-building mechanical systems, the installation of a new fresh air mechanical ventilation system, and fire alarm upgrades that made the building fully compliant with current codes.  Subsequent construction phases included the full renovation of each of the lower four resident floors, and the relocation of the main building entrance to the opposite side of the ground floor.

This project included several challenges, not the least of which being that the building had remained occupied throughout construction.  Each floor was renovated separately, a horizontal approach, presented another challenge, considering that the building’s mechanical systems were configured in a vertical distribution arrangement.  System shut-downs had to be carefully coordinated so as to minimize their impact on the remaining, occupied floors.

Renovations of the remaining four resident floors were completed in 2014.

Villanova University - Davis Center - Villanova, PA

Wick Fisher White designed the HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, electrical and fire alarm systems for the new 3-story, 55,000 square-foot Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness. The new Davis Center is located next to the Pavilion and is the main practice facility for both the men's and women's basketball teams. The new facility contains two practice courts, locker rooms, a weight room, a cinema and the offices for the coaches and support staff. A new fitness center for the general student population is located on the third floor above the men's practice court.

Villanova University - The Pavilion - Villanova, PA

The original heating and cooling systems for the Pavilion were installed in the 1980s and needed replacement. During the construction of the adjacent Davis Center, Wick Fisher White designed new heating and cooling systems that would meet the heating, cooling and domestic hot water needs for both the Pavilion and the Davis Center. Two new air-cooled chillers and a new steam-to-hot water heat exchanger were installed in the Pavilion with dedicated underground chilled and hot water piping mains feeding the Davis Center.

Education Clients

AES
New Dehli, India

Agnes Irwin School
Rosemont, Pa

Alain Locke Elem. School
Philadelphia, Pa

Allegheny Academy
Philadelphia, PA

American Institute
Malvern, PA

Kahler Hall Renovations
Overmann Hall Renovations
Copy Room

American Law Institute
Philadelphia, PA

American School
Managua, Nicaragua

Arcadia University
Glenside, PA

Bache-Martin School
Philadelphia, PA

Barclay Early Childhood Center
Cherry Hill, NJ

Barton Elementary School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Barton Middle School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Barton School
Philadelphia, PA

Beck Middle School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Ben Franklin High School
Philadelphia, PA

Benjamin Comegts Elem. School
Philadelphia, PA

Berk Middle School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Bishop McDevitt
Harrisburg, PA

Bixby School
Bergen County, NJ

Bluford Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

Bridgeton High School
Bridgeton, NJ

Bridgeton Indian Avenue School
Bridgeton, NJ

Bridgeton Middle School
Bridgeton, NJ

Bridgeton Quarter Mile Lane
Bridgeton, NJ

Bucks County Community College
Newtown, PA

Buckshutem Road Elementary School
Bridgeton, NJ

Burlington Community College
Burlington, NJ

Burlington High School
Burlington, NJ

Camden County College
Blackwood, NJ

Capa School
Philadelphia, PA

Cape May Day Training Center
Cape May, NJ

Carusi Middle School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

Catherine School
Philadelphia, PA

Central Bucks High School East
Doylestown, PA

Central Bucks High School West
Doylestown, PA

Central High School
Philadelphia, PA

Cherry Hill High School East
Cherry Hill, NJ

Cherry Hill High School West
Cherry Hill, NJ

Cherry Street School
Bridgeton, NJ

Chestnut Hill College
Philadelphia, Pa

Chews Elementary School
Blackwood, NJ

Clara Barton Elementary School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Cold Springs Elementary School
Gloucester City, NJ

Community College of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Conwell Schools
Philadelphia, PA

Cook-Wiss School
Philadelphia, PA

Cumberland Valley High School
Harrisburg, PA

Day Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

DeLaSalle Vocational School
Bensalem, PA

Delaware County Community College
Media, PA

Delaware State University
Dover, DE

Delran High School
Delran, NJ

Delran Intermediate High School
Delran, NJ

Delsea Regional High School
Franklinville, NJ

Dobbins High School
Philadelphia, PA

Dobson Middle School
Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

East Stroudsburg University - Phase I & II Student Housing
East Stroudsburg, PA

LEED Silver

Eastern Center for Arts & Technology
Willow Grove, PA

Eastern Montgomery County Vocational Technical School
Upper Moreland, PA

Eliza Kirkbride School
Philadelphia, PA

Fels School
Philadelphia, PA

Ferguson School
Philadelphia, PA

Folsom School
Folsom, New Jersey

Francis Hopkinson School
Philadelphia, PA

Frankford High School
Philadelphia, PA

Franklin Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

Furness High School
Philadelphia, PA

General George McCall School
Philadelphia, PA

George L. Catrambone Elementary School
Long Branch, NJ

George L. Catrambone Elementary School
Long Branch, NJ

George Washington Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

Germantown Academy
Fort Washington, PA

Germantown Friends School
Philadelphia, PA

Germantown High School
Philadelphia, PA

Gesu School
Philadelphia, PA

Gilmour Academy
Gates Mills, OH

Girard College
Philadelphia, PA

Glenolden Elementary School
Glenolden, PA

Gloucester City High School
Gloucester City, NJ

Gloucester County College
Deptford, NJ

Gloucester County Community College
Sewell, NJ

Gordon Phillips Beauty School
Philadelphia, PA

Grove City College
Grove City, PA

Gwynedd Mercy College
Gwynedd Valley, PA

Haddon Township School District
Haddon Township, NJ

Hainsport Township School
Hainsport, NJ

Harrity School
Philadelphia, PA

Haverford College
Bryn Mawr, PA

Hawken School
Gates Mills, OH

Heart School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Henry C. Lea Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

Holicong Middle School
Doylestown, PA

Holy Cross School
Philadelphia, PA

Holy Family College
Philadelphia, PA

Holy Ghost Preparatory School
Bensalem, PA

Holy Spirit
Sharon Hill, PA

Horace Mann Elementary School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Horn Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

Howe School
Philadelphia, PA

Hudson County Community College
Jersey City, NJ

Hudson County Community College Library Cx
Jersey City, NJ

LEED Silver

Immaculata University
Immaculata, PA

Indian Avenue School
Bridgeton, NJ

J.S. Jenks School
Philadelphia, PA

Jakarta International School
Jakarta, Indonesia

James Alcorn Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

Jay Cooke Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

John Barclay Elementary School
Warrington, PA

John Carusi Middle School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Johnson Elementary School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Jones Annex School
Philadelphia, PA

Juniata College
Juniata, PA

Kearny School
Philadelphia, PA

Kilmer Elementary School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Kingston Elementary School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Knight Elementary School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Kutztown University
Kutztown, PA

LaSalle University
Philadelphia, PA

Lea School
Philadelphia, PA

Louis Farrell Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

Malvern Preparatory School
Malvern, PA

Mann School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Margaret Clifford School
Swedesboro, NJ

Martin Luther King High School
Philadelphia, PA

Masterman High School
Philadelphia, PA

Math, Civics, Science Charter School
Philadelphia, PA

Medical College of PA
Philadelphia, PA

Meredith School
Philadelphia, PA

Merion Mercy Academy
Merion Station, PA

Millville Early Childhood Center
Millville, NJ

Millville Early Childhood Center Conversion Millville Board of Education
Millville, NJ

Millville Public School District
Millville, NJ

Montclair State University
Upper Montclair, NJ

Montgomery Elementary School
Lansdale, PA

Montgomery School
Lionville, PA

Moore Institute
Philadelphia, PA

Morrisville High School
Morrisville, PA

National Labor College
Morrisville, PA

Nazareth Academy
Silver Springs, MD

Neumann University
Glen Mills, PA

New Egypt Elementary School
Glen Mills, PA

New Jersey City University
Plumstead Township, NJ

New Jersey Training School
Jersey City, NJ

Norris Barrett Elementary School
Jamesburg, NJ

Northwood Academy
Philadelphia, PA

Olney High School
Philadelphia, PA

Overbook School for the Blind
Philadelphia, PA

Overbrook Senior High School
Philadelphia, PA

Patterson School
Elkins Park, PA

Paul Laurence Dunbar School
Philadelphia, PA

Pemberton Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Philadelphia, PA

Pennypacker School
Pemberton, NJ

Penrose School
Philadelphia, PA

Perkiomen School
Philadelphia, PA

Pierce College
Philadelphia, PA

Pine Hill High School
Philadelphia, PA

Pittston High School
Pittston, PA

Point Pleasant High School
Point Pleasant, NJ

Point Pleasant Middle School
Point Pleasant, NJ

Prince Hall Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

Princeton Junior School
Princeton, NJ

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

Quarter Mile Lane School
Bridgeton, NJ

Restaurant School
Philadelphia, PA

Richard Stockton College
Pomona, NJ

Au Bon Pan
Papa John's Pizza

Richard Stockton Elementary School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Robert Morris Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

Rosa School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Rosemont College
Rosemont, PA

Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey

Roxborough High School
Roxborough, PA

Rutgers University
Camden, NJ

Salem City School District
Salem, NJ

Shanghai American School
Shanghai, China

Sharp Elementary School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Sharp School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Sharswood School
Philadelphia, PA

Shipley School
Bryn Mawr, PA

Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA

Signal Hill Elementary School
Voorhees, NJ

Simon Butler Elementary School
Central Bucks School District

Spring Garden College
Philadelphia, PA

St. Joseph University
Center Valley, PA

Stevens Institute of Technology
Philadelphia, PA

Sullivan School
Philadelphia, PA

Sun Valley High School
Aston, PA

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA

Swedesboro_Woolwich New Elem. School
Swedesboro, NJ

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Thomas Edison High School
Philadelphia, PA

Thomas Jefferson University - Martin Residence Hall
Philadelphia, PA

Thomas Middle School
Philadelphia, PA

Timothy School
Berwyn, PA

Tyler School of Art
Philadelphia, PA

UMDNJ
Stratford, NJ

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA

Vare School
Philadelphia, PA

Villanova University - Davis Center
Villanova, PA

Villanova University - The Pavilion
Villanova, PA

Wagner School
Philadelphia, PA

Walter Hill School
Swedesboro, NJ

West Avenue Middle School
Bridgeton, NJ

West Chester University
West Chester, PA

West Phila. High School Annex
Philadelphia, PA

Widener University
Chester, PA

William Boone High School
Philadelphia, PA

William Dick Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

William Meredith Elementary School
Philadelphia, PA

William Patterson University
Wayne, NJ

William Penn High School
Philadelphia, PA

Woodcrest Middle School
Cherry Hill, NJ

Woodlynde School
Strafford, PA

Yale University
New Haven, CT.