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Brownsville Hall | Frostburg State University

Frostburg, MD
Higher Education / Residential /

Tower Engineering, Inc. provided HVAC, Electrical, Technology, Plumbing and Fire Protection engineering services for a new residence hall at Frostburg State University.  The six-story building houses over 400 undergraduate residents and includes five resident
assistant suites and one staff apartment.  The undergraduate suites include a mix of two-bedroom units with a shared bathroom and four-bedroom units with two shared bathrooms.

The building’s HVAC system design includes a gas hot water heating plant and gas-fired rooftop units with energy recovery and self-contained DX cooling.  Hot water terminal boxes are utilized in the common spaces while vertical packaged terminal air conditioner units are utilized in the resident rooms.

The electrical design includes a new campus-fed electric service and a natural gas emergency generator.  Lighting design included exterior lighting for the newly-created parking lots and driveways.  The building is equipped with a voice fire alarm system as well as a lightning protection system.  Technology design included telecommunications cabling, surveillance, and card access control.

The plumbing design includes a central domestic water heater and water efficient fixtures.  Additional domestic water and natural gas meters were specified to monitor water efficiency and energy usage for natural gas fired equipment.  The building is protected by a traditional wet fire protection system with standpipes.