Rebuild and reengage
The Steven A. Adler Athletic Complex, originally built in 1972, is the hub for student life on campus at Penn State Altoona. With a remodel underway, architects and staff had a goal to create a space that honored the tradition of welcoming and engaging those on campus while integrating a broad spectrum of wellness and sustainable experiences. They created open flowing spaces and incorporated technology that could seamlessly add sustainable value to align with campus initiatives.
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WE WERE ESPECIALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE SPORTSART ECO-POWR™
TECHNOLOGY WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR NEWLY RENOVATED FACILITY.
John Cary | Director of Recreation and Athletic Facilities
Stepping toward sustainability
Sustainability has a long history at Penn State Altoona, in 2010, the Sustainability Counsel was created to offer direction and recommendations for what sustainability could encompass on campus. The counsel encourages staff to incorporate eco-friendly topics and initiatives into all campus classes and activities.
The remodel and expansion provided an opportunity to employ the counsel’s guidance by turning traditional, energy intensive workouts into student-engaging, net positive activities that lower the carbon footprint of the building.
THOSE PIECES ARE NO LONGER PULLING POWER FROM THE GRID AND WE ARE GENERATING A SMALL AMOUNT BACK IN. ANY TIME YOU CREATE ANY ENERGY INSTEAD OF IT JUST BEING WASTED ITS GOING BACK INTO THE GRID AND HELPS POWER OF THE OTHER PIECES OF EQUIPMENT THAT DOESN’T HAVE THIS TECHNOLOGY.
Brent Brooks | Director of Athletics
Visualizing the impact
The facility’s energy producing cardio equipment incorporated the SA WELL+™ integration to display Penn State Altoona’s real-time human energy production and impact. The watts generated and carbon equivalent statistics encourage the users to not only push themselves on their workouts but also encourages them to make sustainable shifts in their everyday activities. Without changing anything in their routines, users can now see how even their smallest movements can contribute to making an overall impact.
I LIKE BEING ABLE TO LOOK OVER AT THE BOARD OR I LOOK AT MY PHONE AND SEE THAT
SOMETHING I’M DOING IS KIND OF GIVING BACK TO THE SCHOOL AND OBVIOUSLY,
IT’S A WIN-WIN BECAUSE IT BENEFITS ME FROM AN EXERCISE PERSPECTIVE BUT
ALSO BENEFITS THE SCHOOL FROM THE SUSTAINABILITY PERSPECTIVE AS WELL.
Brad Brooks | Head Men’s and Women’s Swim Coach
*Potential energy production based on equipment producing 160 watts per hour, 10 hours per day, 350 days per year.