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Design, Gym Addition and Two Dormitories, Glenmont Job Corps

Location: Glenmont, New York
Services: MEP Design

Client Served: Government

Loureiro was retained by the U.S. Department of Labor to design renovations to the Glenmont Job Corps campus in Glenmont, NY. The Glenmont Job Corps Center was originally built in the late 1950's through early 1960's as the Our Lady of the Angel Seminary. MEP design services for the expansion included two new dormitories, one sized at 136 beds and one sized at 204 beds. The project scope also included a 7,500 sq. ft. addition to the recreation center. The dormitories each consisted of 4 bed suites, a common area sized to accommodate the entire dormitory population and study areas for each wing. The dorms also have laundry facilities on each floor and a common computer room. Each dormitory is provided with central heating air conditioning systems and a full fire suppression system. The Department of Labor required that the new buildings and building systems exceed the ASHRAE 90.1 energy standards by a minimum of 30% with a 40% betterment desired. In addition, low consumption water fixtures are being used in order to reduce water consumption to 20% below EPACT requirements.

Heating hot water was distributed throughout the campus from a central boiler plant located in the basement of the recreation center. While the boilers had adequate capacity for the net increase in beds, the pumping systems did not and had to be modified. Part of the project scope included preparation of schematic solar thermal and geothermal heat pump system designs and costing. Solar thermal and geothermal systems were provided as green alternatives to the conventional domestic hot water and oil-fired/electric based HVAC systems used in the project.

The existing 4,800 volt campus underground electrical distribution system was outdated and undersized. As part of the campus upgrade, the electrical system was replaced up to the existing on campus transformers.


  • Design included a full life cycle cost analysis comparing the three recommended HVAC systems against the required ASHRAE 90.1 baseline system.
  • Design included consideration and schematic design of ‘green’ MEP system design options.
  • Upgrade of the DOL owned campus 4800V electrical distribution system had to be carefully coordinated with the operations of all (18) campus buildings.
  • Construction Administration services were complicated by the need to phase the construction to keep the campus in operation at all times i.e. one building needed to be demolished to allow construction of one of the new dormitories.