University Of Maryland Comcast Arena, College Park, Maryland
Mechanical Systems Design/Build, HVAC & Centrifugal Chillers Services
The Sports Facility Project
The University of Maryland Comcast Arena is home to the University's nationally ranked basketball team - the "Terrapins". Comcast, a national cable company, has entered into an agreement with the University of Maryland and the Maryland Stadium Authority to associate their name with the Arena. The Comcast Arena is a 450,000 SF basketball arena that will seat approximately 17,000 fans. The Center’s features include:
- Hydrotherapy Pools
- Volleyball Court
- Wrestling Room
- Weight Room
- Practice Gym
- 20 Sky Boxes
Poole & Kent Mechanical Contractor Role
In our role as the design/build mechanical contractor, Poole and Kent assisted with the design and installation of the mechanical systems, including: HVAC (which included a steam-to-hot water heating system), commercial plumbing, and utility piping. The Arena is air-conditioned through both electric centrifugal chillers and steam turbine-driven chillers to optimize energy efficiency.
Challenges/ Achievements/ Goals
Poole and Kent worked closely with Gilbane and Ellerbe-Becket to ensure that the design of the mechanical systems would accommodate the center’s need to fluctuate peak and off-peak modes frequently. In February 2003 the Comcast Center earned the AGC 2003 Washington Contractor Award for new construction. In the General Contractor's acceptance of this award, Poole and Kent's craftsmanship was recognized and commended by Gilbane.
"The Poole and Kent Corporation contributed to the overall success of the project…congratulations and thank you for all your hard work."
- John Taylor, Project Executive
Gilbane Building Company