Suntech of Connecticut, Inc. wins contract for new Worcester Polytechnic Institute Facility

CT-based commercial contractor announces the selection of its services for the new Sports and Recreation Center at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute

North Branford, CT, August 26, 2010 – Suntech of Connecticut, Inc., a leading architectural glazing company specializing in the commercial market, proudly announces their selection as a contractor on the new Sports and Recreation Center at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA. The project, scheduled for completion in 2012, entails the construction of a 29,000 square foot gymnasium, complete with 14,000 square feet of cardio space and 5,000 square feet of specialized, multipurpose rooms. Featuring state-of-the-art equipment, the new center will overlook WPI’s quadrangle to the east and Alumni Field to the west. The $53.2 million development is part of the Institute’s seven-year capital plan.

As preferred vendor, Suntech of Connecticut, Inc. will provide custom applications and installations for the new Sports and Recreation Center, described by WPI President Dennis Berkey as a place for faculty, staff, and students to come together in competition, camaraderie, and celebration. The Center will include a four-court gymnasium, a 25-meter competition swimming pool, well-equipped locker rooms, offices for athletic department administrators and coaches, a multi-level atrium, an elevated jogging track and space and equipment for cardio, free weight, and circuit training. The center will also serve as a location for other large scale events, such as admissions open houses, career fairs, national academic conference and alumni events. In addition, the facility will have space dedicated to WPI’s robotics programs, in support of their regional and national robotics competitions.

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Suntech of Connecticut, Inc. aims to be a noteworthy part of the facility’s completion and success. Due to a 2007 WPI Board of Trustees policy decision, the facility must meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards from the U.S. Green Building Council. Therefore, more than 75% of the facility’s construction waste will be diverted from landfills through recycling.

“Areas of the building use some of the most modern energy efficient (green) commercially available building products available on the world market today”, stated Michael Berkun, President, Suntech of Connecticut, Inc.

The large glass expanses (curtain wall) surrounding the enclosed indoor Olympic sized pool (natatorium) have 2” thick triple glazed insulated glass units. These insulated panels have a thin (molecular level) Low-emissive metallic coating, (Low-e) which has been scientifically designed to let in the maximum amount of visible light (Visible Light Transmittance), while controlling the amount of heat coming in from the sun (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient). Using 3 layers of glass, they also entrap the still air in-between the glass panels and radiate collected heat back into the building, creating a very low U-value. (0.17).

The aluminum frames have been designed to outperform almost all commercially available products. Although a fairly expensive option in today construction market, the money was spent to reduce the amount of condensation that would typically occur in the high humidity areas of the pool areas.

“We are very proud to be involved in the new development at Worcester Polytechnic Institute”, stated Nicholas Berkun, General Mange of Suntech of Fairfield County, Inc. “Assisting in such a necessary and positive project in WPI’s capital plan will be both exciting and rewarding.”