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Bob Carpenter Convocation/Sports Center

Newark, NJ United States



Project Description

Designed by HNTB, the 54,000-square-foot expansion includes new practice facilities for the men and women’s basketball teams and the women’s volleyball team. Whiting-Turner Contracting completed the $32 million addition in October 2011.

Known by UD as “The Bob,” the project is part of UD’s 10-year initiative to construct and upgrade facilities to offer its students the best in advanced technology and space.

The Bob’s expansion is part of the David M. Nelson Athletic Complex, which includes 23,000-seat Delaware Stadium, the Delaware Field House, the 2,000-seat Delaware Diamond, numerous athletic fields, the Delaware Ice Skating Science Development Center at the Rust Ice Arena, and an outdoor swimming pool. Originally opened in 1992, it is named in honor of the late R.R.M. “Bob” Carpenter Jr., a longtime UD board trustee member, athletic benefactor and former Philadelphia Phillies’ owner.


Project Details

Bob Carpenter Convocation/Sports Center
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    General contractor, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; Glazing contractor, Zephyr Aluminum
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    54,000 sq ft
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Specified Products

Wausau Window and Wall Systems SuperWall™ system, ClearStory™ sun shades

Wausau curtainwall and ClearStory™ sun shades were used to ensure the exterior of the convocation and sports center’s new two-story addition design complemented the original building. Wausau’s SuperWall™ system two-sided structural glazing and 90-degree corners. Glazing contractor Zephyr Aluminum of Wilmington, Del., installed the 8,000 square feet of curtainwall systems plus sun shades.

Exterior sun shades intercept unwanted solar heat gain before it can impact a building’s HVAC system’s load. Sun shades also can economize natural light by redirecting it inside the building. “Lighting accounts for 40% of the energy used in a typical commercial building. Properly executed, daylighting can reduce HVAC peak loads with corresponding reductions in mechanical equipment capacity and carbon footprint,” notes Gille. In climates like Delaware where snow and ice loads may be heavy, he also advises that engineers pay particular attention to the connections between sun shades or outriggers and the curtainwall mullion profiles.

For The Bob, Wausau’s sun shades, framing and accent aluminum were finished by Linetec in a clear anodize. This finish meets the AAMA 611-98 specification, which anodize finishes to meet rigorous testing performance standards including 3,000 hours of salt spray resistance. Linetec’s Schroeder notes its other benefits: “Unlike other finishes, as an integral part of the substrate, anodizing highlights aluminum’s metallic appearance. Anodized aluminum is 100% recyclable, contains no VOCs, and resists the ravages of ultraviolet radiation, temperature, corrosion, humidity and warping — adding to its long life-cycle.”



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