New Health & Wellness Complex
Muskingum University, New Concord, OH
As part of an architect-led team, Stahl Sheaffer provided structural engineering services for the design of a new health and wellness complex at Muskingum University. The new building is currently under construction on existing campus property adjacent to the University's football field and located partially in the area of an existing parking lot to replace their existing stadium seating and pressbox, while also adding athletics support spaces and creating an indoor track and field competition space.
The total overall structure is approximately 110,000 SF and will include an indoor 200-meter track and field space, classrooms, locker rooms, office and meeting space, fitness center, and serve as a pressbox with seating, concessions, and restroom areas for the adjacent football field. Support spaces will be contained in a three-story portion of the building adjacent to the high bay track. The project team coordinated to include allowances for a solar array installation on the roof of the structure and to provide sloped roof framing and overhangs to meet the architectural intent. Throughout the design process, Stahl Sheaffer worked with the architect to refine the many complex conditions on the project.
The building was designed using a structural steel superstructure over concrete walls and piers on shallow foundations. The concrete foundation walls also serve as retaining walls to step the structure down approximately 30-feet to a concourse for upper access to the stadium seating area as well as an additional 17-foot step down to a partial basement with access to field level. The roof over the indoor track clear spans 183-feet using custom-designed structural steel trusses engineered by Stahl Sheaffer. Trusses consist of wide-flange shapes and use hollow-tube sections for bracing perpendicular to the trusses. The truss profile and depth were coordinated to meet the indoor fieldhouse clearance needs as well as accommodations for HVAC ductwork within the space of the trusses. Special detailing was provided to support an approximately 140-foot long storefront for the pressbox on the field side of the building at each level. At each end of the pressbox, Stahl Sheaffer designed a galvanized steel support structure off the main frame to act as a cantilevered screen wall system around the rooftop mechanical spaces. The remaining structure is a traditional steel frame structure with a combination of moment and braced steel frames. Design was completed in June 2020 with construction in progress and scheduled to be completed fall of 2022.