Bentley Hall at Allegheny College

Historic Bentley Hall at Allegheny College Receives Renovations

Barton Education provided mechanical and electrical engineering design and construction services for renovations to the 17,400 square foot Bentley Hall, a historic cornerstone of Allegheny College that is almost 200 years old. The 4-story facility has not had any significant renovations since 1925 and now houses senior and administrative offices, as well as student support functions for the College.

The project involved complete replacement of all HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems to equip the building for modern, technology-based teaching, learning, and administration.

In helping the College maintain its commitment to climate neutrality in 2020, a geothermal well field was installed to provide heating and cooling via a heat recovery chiller with 4-pipe fan coil units system. Outside air was provided through self-contained energy recovery ventilators located in the attic space.

One of the challenges was properly navigating the new MEP infrastructure throughout the building while encountering restrictive floor-to-floor elevations and subsequent ceiling clearances plenums so as not to compromise the integrity and interior aesthetics of the historic structure.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is seeking LEED silver from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Barton’s Lighting Studio is honored to have received the 2022 National IES Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society’s (IES).

Project Overview

total Sq Ft

17,400 sq. ft.

Total Cost

$13 million


August 2021

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