162 Jay Street
Schenectady, New York 12305
Located on a 4-acre parcel of land close to the downtown area, the building and site design are appropriate to the context of the residential neighborhood, maximizes the amount of green space and recreational potential of the site, and employs the principles of sustainable design.
The 33,000 square foot Center includes a multi-purpose community room, a game room, six basketball courts, four volleyball courts, a racquetball court, and locker rooms.
In association with SD Atelier, the design integrates sustainability and efficiency by using innovative approaches and building techniques to achieve high energy performance that is affordable. The combination of pre-manufactured metal framing and structural insulation panels provides an envelope for the building that is highly insulated and tightly sealed minimizing energy loss through the exterior walls and roof. The heating and ventilation is designed to achieve the most efficient and environmentally responsible system for the various functions in the building, including geothermal heat pumps utilizing the earth’s ground heat below the parking lot to heat the non-athletic areas of the building.
All finishes were selected using durable natural, recycled or recyclable materials. To control operational costs, natural light is provided in all functional spaces thereby reducing daytime artificial light. A series of dormers and towers were designed to bring natural light to the building’s interior while adding visual interest to the building.