Salem State University

The Project

The Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center added 40,000 square feet of space to the O’Keefe Sports Complex at Salem State University (SSU), and now provides top tier exercise equipment, locker rooms, studios, and two recreational basketball/volleyball courts for SSU’s 10,000 students, faculty, and staff. The University needed to get its new fitness and recreation center enclosed before the approaching winter began. To maintain the fast track critical path of construction, the facility had to be enclosed within eight to ten weeks. It was also required that the new facility would be state-of-the-art in terms of energy efficiency. To reach the goals, Kingspan’s KarrierPanel Barrier Wall System was specified to construct the exterior envelope of the building.

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
KarrierPanel & Optimo

What that adds to the construction process you can only imagine. KarrierPanel provided a waterproof vapor barrier wall structure, and insulation in a single-piece application. By using Kingspan Morin panel on top of the KarrierPanel system, the thermal performance of the Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center is substantially better when compared to other available wall assembly systems.

John Erickson - Project Manager, Sunrise Erectors.


Staying Ahead of the Game

The project architect, DiMella Shaffer, of Boston, Massachusetts, took a rather plain structure and, with Kingspan products,
made it quite elegant. The architect’s vision included insulated metal panels (IMPs) produced with a textured surface in custom colors developed from the PPG color pallet. Kingspan took those specifications and precisely matched them using its Sterling Silver Optimo  polyiso core IMP with Urban Gold soffits. Another reason given by DiMella Shaffer for specifying KarrierPanel was how Kingspan excels in having engineers available for support with a quick turnaround on information requests.


Pace and Performance

One final and decisive factor for specifying KarrierPanel by Kingspan for the building was that these IMP wall elements last as long as the service life of a standard commercial building and offer multiple end-of-life reuse options.

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