A $7.5 million expansion and renovation of the Friends of Dartmouth Rowing Boathouse provides enhanced training facilities that could make up for what has often been Dartmouth’s rowers’ inability to get on the water in time for the Feb. 1 start of the spring crew season. The upgraded facility includes state-of-the-art moving-water rowing tanks to better simulate rowing on the river, an improvement over the existing still-water tanks in Alumni Gymnasium.
In addition to the expansion, the work included renovations to the existing boathouse to improve ventilation, life-safety systems, and other upgrades. The existing building continues to house training ergometers, locker rooms, and boat storage, while the addition contains space for indoor rowing machines, new rowing tanks, and a multi-use lounge that will connect the two buildings. An outdoor patio allows rowers to move the ergometers outside for training exercises. NEAir provided the mechanical and plumbing comforts of this project, including: 2 high efficiency gas-fired condensing boilers, radiant heat package, dehumidification unit, energy recovery unit, unit heaters, panel radiators, fixtures and building controls.