Public and private institutions of higher learning have been a mainstay of Snyder Hoffman’s business.
Colleges and Universities are facing increased competition for students and staff, and Snyder Hoffman continues to play an integral role in helping these institutions achieve their needs for infrastructure modernization, building renovation or new campus expansion.
In 2017 construction was completed on Bucks County Community College’s new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math facility on the College’s main campus. Snyder Hoffman provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing designs for the 43,000 square foot facility, which resides on the College’s main campus adjacent to the existing Founders Hall academic building. The project’s HVAC design included a geothermal system with a dedicated heat recovery chiller, variable speed pumps, variable speed fans, and air-to-air energy recovery systems to capture the energy in exhaust systems serving the facility’s multiple laboratory hoods. Snyder Hoffman has enjoyed a long working relationship with the College spanning 15 projects over two decades.
Snyder Hoffman and the design team achieved LEED® Certification in 2015 for their work at DeSales University, designing mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems for the new 77,000 square foot Gambet Center for Business and Healthcare. The $27 million dollar facility features state-of-the-art simulation laboratories as well as technologically advanced business and administrative platforms, including a digital stock market ticket that is displayed on the business floor. Daylight harvesting, high-efficiency condensing boilers, lighting controls and an advanced building automation system were among the green features designed by Snyder Hoffman to for the facility.
Snyder Hoffman began its first project with Gund Partnership, a Massachusetts architectural firm, in 2012 designing the MEP systems for Lafayette College’s Oechsle Center for Global Education. While it was their first project with the Partnership, Snyder Hoffman has completed over 30 projects for Lafayette College in a relationship that has spanned nearly 30 years. The new construction project was completed in 2015. MEP features include high-efficiency condensing boilers, low-flow toilet fixtures, LED lighting fixtures and radiant in-floor heating. The Conference and Large Group Instruction rooms were rich with new technology, including smart podiums with a touch panel control that operates the equipment, lighting and window shades.