Mercyhurst University

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Mercyhurst College

High-Efficiencey Geothermal HVAC

A magnificent addition to the picturesque campus of one of Erie's premier Catholic colleges, the Audrey Hirt Building encompassed many challenges due to the size and complexity of the project. 

  • Architect: Weber, Murphy, Fox - Erie, PA
  • General contractor: Building Systems, Inc. - Erie, PA
  • Project start date: 8/03/01
  • Project completion date: 10/25/02 (three months ahead of schedule)


  • Three-story, 45,000 sq. ft. building
  • Houses classrooms and theater
  • HVAC system: geothermal
  • Seventy 300 ft. vertical wells
  • Forty-two heat pumps
  • Two energy-efficient heat recovery units