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ms Indianapolis Office Renovation

Indianapolis, Indiana

ms Indy Office Renovation
ms Indy Office Renovation
ms Indy Office Renovation
ms Indy Office Renovation
ms Indy Office Renovation
ms Indy Office Renovation
ms Indianapolis moved into a new space, presenting an opportunity to incorporate the ms brand into the work environment while bettering the employee experience
  • Interior Design
  • Furniture Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) Coordination
  • Artwork Curation
  • Environmental Branding Graphics
When the ms Indianapolis office moved from the suburbs to the downtown area, it was a great time to refresh the space and better incorporate the ms brand into the work environment.
Branded Environments
The project included the interior design, furniture coordination, artwork curation, and environmental branding graphics for the 4,700-square-foot renovated space. Modern furniture was introduced to the front lobby to create an elegant but inviting experience. The company logo was incorporated into the reception desk with a new graphic display to emphasize the brand logo in a sleek and contemporary way.   Artwork for the office was selected with the intention of paying homage to Indianapolis and its surrounding areas, while instilling a sense of local pride among employees.
Evolved Workspaces
The workspace consists of a combination of private offices and open office workstations, promoting productivity and teamwork while still allowing for quiet and private atmospheres when needed.   The furniture chosen for both the private offices and workstation includes height adjustable work surfaces to promote movement and wellness. These surfaces give the employees the ability to adjust their posture in a variety of ways throughout the workday, improving overall work experience. The workstations also include personal storage units along with panel based whiteboards that create highly efficient work spaces in a footprint that is less than 50 square feet.   The finishes selected reflect the traditional but fresh and evolving nature that is the ms culture.

NC State Lake Wheeler Road Creamery Study

Raleigh, North Carolina

NC State Creamery Study
North Carolina State University wanted to add a retail and educational creamery associated with its agricultural outreach program.
  • Architecture
  • Cost Estimating
  • Site Civil Design
  • Site Planning
North Carolina State University’s (NC State’s) Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory is home to nearly 1,500 acres of teaching, research, and extension requests made by NC State faculty. The laboratory is home to numerous animal- and plant-related units for the university’s agricultural program.   To further encourage education and engagement, NC State sought out to plan and build an educational creamery on its Lake Wheeler Road facility. The site is located within their dairy complex and is anticipated to provide educational outreach and distribution modeling for the NC State University-owned “Howling Cow” ice cream brand.
LAKE WHEELER ROAD CREAMERY CAFÉ AND EDUCATION CENTER
This creamery is envisioned as not only a major community engagement gateway for the University and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to connect the public to agriculture and food systems, but also an agriculture destination point for North Carolina.   The planned 4,500-square-foot facility will accommodate school-age dairy tour groups as well as a retail sales outlet for dairy products. In addition, this facility will house the administrative offices, exterior and interior tour group gathering spaces, indoor restaurant seating, loading, and food preparation areas.   The operation will include educational and merchandising components available to neighboring partners. Site planning services will include on-site stormwater management, septic system, well water treatment, truck delivery/loading areas, school bus parking, public parking, and outdoor gathering for tour groups.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
ms consultants provided site planning, architecture, preliminary civil engineering, and cost estimating for NC State’s Lake Wheeler Road Creamery.   Work included:   Establishing the programmatic needs for a stand-alone creamery café and agriculture education center by identifying future space requirements, adjacencies, customer flow & merchandising placement, and estimated building size. Reviewing the site for the optimal facility location by analyzing the adjacency to the dairy buildings and pasture. The recommended location will be developed to address site access, circulation plans, biosafety boundaries (identification of physical separation and barriers needed to protect the animals), and environmental impacts (such as ground water detention and impervious surface area). Developing an order-of-magnitude cost estimate for the new building and site.

Hazel Storage Basin

Akron, Ohio

Hazel Storage Basin
Hazel Storage Basin
When Akron's long-term control plan was updated, a larger storage basin with a new location was needed to meet the community's needs.
  • Combined Sewers
  • Environmental Planning
  • Long Term Control Plan (LTCP)
  • Sewage Collection, Treatment, and Disposal
  • Structural Design
  • Wastewater
The City of Akron’s Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) update required the construction of a single storage basin (known as the “Hazel Storage Basin”) to achieve zero overflows within the adjusted typical year.   When the LTCP was updated, the minimum required storage volume to achieve this goal was approximately 2.5 million gallons.   Since the LTCP update, the recalibration of Akron’s hydraulic model of its sewer system has increased the required size of the basin to 3.6 million gallons.   After recent work with Akron’s Integrated Plan, the volume further increased to 4.5 million gallons. This increase optimizes the available capacity within the downstream Little Cuyahoga Interceptor (LCI).
DETERMINING THE HAZEL STORAGE BASIN LOCATION
Because of the size increase, the originally proposed area was not large enough to accommodate the increase in basin volume.   Seven locations were evaluated to select a new site. Alternative conveyance methods, such as gravity sewers, remote pump stations, siphons, and influent pumping at the basin were all considered. Each alternative configuration was then numerically rated to determine the best site for the project based on a number of factors. Considerations included impacts to local businesses, traffic and the community, as well as design, construction, and operational considerations.
SELECTING A NEW BASIN CONFIGURATION
Ultimately, a hybrid basin configuration was selected. The hybrid basin configuration allows the basin to partially fill by gravity for 27 of the 33 events during the Typical Year that the City’s LTCP model predicts that the basin will be activated.   Additionally, two 300-horsepower screw pumps have been designed to fill the basin completely during the larger storm events.
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS OF THE PROJECT
New sewers were also required as part of the Hazel Storage Basin project. The new sewers convey flow from the existing collection system to the basin, and eventually to the Little Cuyahoga Interceptor sewer. The new sewer system includes the construction of 78-inch, 48-inch, 36-inch, and 30-inch diameter sewers.   The Hazel Storage Basin project also includes rehabilitation of the existing sewers related to the Hazel Storage Basin and lining the Little Cuyahoga Interceptor sewer.   The Opinion of Probable Construction Cost (OPCC) for the Hazel Storage Basin Project is approximately $35 million and the project is on schedule to meet all of its Consent Decree milestones.

Parsons Avenue Rehabilitation

Columbus, Ohio

Parsons Avenue Rehabilitation
IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO ONGOING IMPROVEMENTS, A SOUTHEAST COLUMBUS NEIGHBORHOOD NEEDED STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS.
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Hardscape Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Public Art Coordination
  • Renderings
  • Streetscape Design
In Columbus, Ohio, the I-70/I-71 South Innerbelt project has encouraged a number of improvement projects in the surrounding neighborhoods.   The section of Parsons Avenue from Franklin Avenue to Broad Street is immediately adjacent to on-going improvements for City streets planned or under construction as part of the I-70/I-71 South Innerbelt project.   Given this nexus, the City wanted streetscape improvements to this section of Parson’s Avenue recommended in the Near East Plan (2005) and the Olde Towne Quarter Economic Development Strategy (2010). 
STREET IMPROVEMENTS
ms consultants, working with Woolpert, provided the planning and design for the improvements which included:   Addition of curb extensions, or “bump outs,” defining on-street parking areas and providing shorter crossing distances for pedestrians Wider sidewalks New streetscaping New street lighting New mast arm traffic signals Relocation of all overhead utilities to underground systems along with a new water line. New stormwater facilities Green infrastructure improvements   ms specifically provided the streetscape and landscaping design, decorative lighting, and signal design, along with graphic support.
INCORPORATING PUBLIC ART
A new planted median at the intersection of Broad and Parsons was created to provide an additional area to incorporate public art in the overall streetscape design.   The team developed a drive through rendering of the proposed corridor improvements to allow both the artist and the public to understand what the finish “look” would be for their community.   ms coordinated with the artist throughout the project to assist her with identifying locations for the artwork and provide her with an understanding the colors that would be used for brick concrete, tree grates, and other decorative items.

Bistro 1907

Youngstown, Ohio

Bistro 1907
Bistro 1907
A new downtown Youngstown restaurant wanted to keep the historic feel and size of the existing space while adding the very technical requirements of a modern and operational kitchen and restaurant.
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Administration
  • Construction Documents
  • Historical Standard Compliance Design
  • Integration and Adaptation of Brand Standards
  • Restaurant Design
  • Structural Design
ms consultants, inc. was hired to provide full architectural services for the four tenant spaces located on the ground floor of the renovated Stambaugh Building in downtown Youngstown, Ohio.   The largest, and first to be constructed, tenant space is a 4,800-square-foot restaurant, Bistro 1907.   The Stambaugh Building is also now home to DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
Bistro 1907
Required as part of the hotel services, the Bistro provides a full breakfast menu. The restaurant transforms into a mid-day lunch venue for business people, and then fills up at night and on weekends with the larger community. Bistro 1907 takes a twist on classics, serving dishes you loved growing up in a refined space.   The restaurant’s large bar takes up nearly half the seating footprint. This social space makes Bistro 1907 an ideal gathering spot, while the historical ambiance also makes it a destination for celebrating special occasions.      High ceilings and floor-to-ceiling cast bronze storefront windows open onto Federal Plaza, the center of downtown Youngstown. An outdoor patio, populated with Parisian street chairs and umbrella-shaded tables, allows patrons to enjoy a deeper connection to downtown Youngstown.   At the back of the restaurant, a partial mezzanine located over the kitchen maximizes space utilization while providing a more intimate space for larger, more private gatherings. Overlooking the main seating and bar, this semi-private space remains visually connected to the activity below.
HISTORY AND A NOD TO THE PAST
Since its inception, the Stambaugh Building has almost always included a place for dining. Euwer’s Department Store included in-house restaurants, a cutting-edge attribute for a department store of its time. The building continued to house eating establishments during Libby owned-era and beyond.   While there are limited historic details that remain original in the restaurant space, the historic volume and storefront of ground floor retail remain. Chamfered columns articulate the height of this space while low hanging light fixtures illuminate the finer details of the Bistro’s modern and slightly Parisian motif.   Bistro 1907’s name is also a nod to the Stambaugh Building. The historic structure was originally built in 1907.
SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS
Like many projects, the completion of Bistro 1907 was a coordinated effort through a number of partnerships. ms consultants coordinated with experts in interior design and kitchen design.   Partners for the project included 4….Point Design, Hersha Hospitality, McFarland Kistler & Associates, and AN Restaurant Equipment.
MEETING A TIGHT TIMELINE
Required to open in parallel with the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Youngstown hotel, the design and construction of Bistro 1907 was on a tight timeline and were performed as a phased, fast-track project.   The design team worked closely with all parties to ensure the successful execution.   Bistro 1907 has been serving the Youngstown area its classic meals with a special twist since May 2018.

Whitestown Water Improvements

Whitestown, Indiana

Whitestown Water Improvements
When the fastest growing community in Indiana continued to expand, improved and more resilient water and sewer systems were needed.
  • Hydraulic Design
  • Sanitary Master Planning
  • Storm Sewer Design
  • Stormwater Planning
  • Wastewater Collection
  • Wastewater Treatment Processes
  • Water Master Planning
  • Water Resources
As the Town of Whitestown grows, so does its water needs. Whitestown saw an increase in water demands as the retail, industrial, commercial, office, warehouse, and residential industries in the area grew.   This central Indiana city wanted to develop an overall water master plan and sanitary master plan to meet the needs of its growing community. Whitestown teamed up with ms consultants to undergo these master plans and subsequent projects.
WHITESTOWN WATER MASTER PLAN
Whitestown currently purchases all of their water through two master meters and pump stations, which are supplied by the same vendor. These two pump stations pump to the distribution system and two elevated water storage tanks.   The master plan evaluated the interior growth, as well as possible expansion to another city to provide water service. The plan reviewed demands and proposed improvements needed over a 20-year time period. Cost estimates and suggested financing options were provided as part of the master plan.   As part of the master plan, ms developed a WaterGEMS hydraulic model to evaluate the existing water distribution system. The evaluation included the development of numerous scenarios to meet projected growth demands throughout the entire town. The model reviewed existing demands as well as 5-year, 10-year and 20-year projected demands.
WHITESTOWN SANITARY MASTER PLAN
Whitestown’s growing population also needs a reliable sanitary sewer system and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The town built a new WWTP in 2015 to handle the growth for up to 10 years. The WWTP can be expanded; however the trajectory of when those improvements need to be completed is important for planning as well as financing.   The master plan estimated milestones for the expansion of the WWTP based on population growth and the resulting increases in flow.   Additionally, the master plan included future planning of the collection system and the lift stations through the use of computer aided hydraulic modeling. A regional lift station approach was evaluated to either combine lift stations, eliminating some long-term maintenance, or to build a new regional new lift station where growth is occurring. The collection system also included similar population and flow triggers as the WWTP for the planning of new sewer trunk lines and lift station sewersheds.   This master plan will provide a planning tool for the town for the next 10 years.
WHITESTOWN LEGACY CORE STORM SEWERS
As a result of stormwater planning performed by ms consultants, the Legacy Core or historic downtown Whitestown, had new storm sewers installed.   The project covered approximately two-thirds of the downtown area in the worst flooding areas of town. During construction, the contractor connected several old field tiles that did not have a positive outlet to the new storm sewer piping.   The team also provided underdrain piping so residents could connect their downspouts and sump pumps to the new storm sewer piping.   Services included hydraulic design including plan/profile piping design drawings of the historic downtown Whitestown.

I-95/I-276 Interchange: Pennsylvania Turnpike

Hulmeville, Pennsylvania

I-95/I-276 Interchange
I-95/I-276 Interchange
I-95/I-276 Interchange
For more than 60 years, drivers traveling on the most-used road in America were faced with a number of inconveniences and inefficiencies.
  • Drainage
  • Erosion & Sediment Control Plan
  • Highway Design
  • Noise Barrier Design
  • Parking Design
  • Permits
  • Planning
  • Signing & Lighting
  • Stormwater Management
  • Survey
  • Traffic
  • Traffic Control Plan
  • Utility Coordination
Interstate 95 (I-95) is the main highway down the U.S. east coast, spanning Maine to Florida for 1,900 miles.   While I-95 is the most traveled road in America, drivers were faced with an inconvenience when traveling between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In this area, I-95 had an eight-mile gap where motorists were forced off the highway and onto local roads before rejoining I-95.   To close this gap, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) worked on a number of projects for eight years. The high profile project included six overhead bridges, toll plazas, and flyover ramps.
INTERCHANGE PROJECT OVERVIEW
While closing the gap on I-95 itself was an important element of this project, the PTC also wanted to connect I-95 to I-276 in eastern Pennsylvania.   ms was enlisted to assist on Section I-95-F of the I-95/I-276 interchange project. Section F was later combined with Section D to form Section D20. This project included the design and construction of approximately 1.4 miles of I-95 within Bristol Township in Bucks County, PA.   This unique section is also the only one within the project that is entirely off the turnpike system requiring unique coordination efforts with PennDOT Engineering District 6-0.   The project begins at the northern abutment of the I-95 bridge over Neshaminy Creek and extends north to the southern limits of the I-95/I-276 interchange ramps, now called I-295. The interchange with PA 413 is within the project limits. South of the PA 413 interchange, I-95 provides a six-lane cross-section, north of the interchange a four-lane section is currently provided. The project involves widening I-95 to provide a six-lane section along its entire length.
ADDITIONAL PROJECT DETAILS
The I-95/I-276 interchange project also included:   Extension of an existing noise wall approximately 2,250 feet Realignment of the southbound ramp to I-95 Modification of the northbound ramp to accommodate the existing and proposed sections of I-95 roadway Updated and redesigned roadway drainage system Pavement marking and delineation Four stormwater ponds Updated ITS design, completed by other consultants Park and ride design as part of the environmental mitigation for the overall connection Coordination with the re-designation efforts for I-295

Wittenberg University Multipurpose Indoor Recreational Facility

Springfield, Ohio

Wittenberg Multipurpose Recreational Facility
TO IMPROVE HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND ATHLETICS ACROSS CAMPUS, WHILE ALSO INCREASING RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY WANTED TO INVEST IN ITS ATHLETIC FACILITIES.
  • Architectural Design
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Historic Restoration
  • Visioning Sessions
Under its “health, wellness, and athletics restoration expansion initiative,” Wittenberg University decided to add a new multipurpose recreational facility to its campus.   Wittenberg University is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III school, located in Springfield, Ohio. This new, 130,000+ square foot, multipurpose facility creates a space for the university’s academic programs and its 24 intercollegiate teams and 14 club teams.
MULTIPURPOSE INDOOR RECREATIONAL FACILITY FEATURES
300-meter, six-lane track; with an eight-lane straight away 100-yard artificial turf football and lacrosse field Strength and conditioning center Outdoor sports lobby entrance Drop-down netting that subdivides the facility into spaces for baseball, batting cages, golf, and track events High-efficiency LED lighting fixtures Energy-efficient radiant flooring Press Box, replacing the existing structure, that houses concessions, gathering and press space, coaches’ boxes, and video facilities
RENOVATING A HISTORIC FACILITY
The new indoor multipurpose recreational facility is situated directly north of and connected to the Health and Physical Education Recreational Center (HPERC), adjacent to the existing football stadium.   Originally built in 1929, the historic HPERC is also receiving interior and exterior upgrades as part of the university’s health, wellness, and athletic initiative.   Within the interior of the HPERC, repurposed space will include technology-enabled classroom space for the university’s new Exercise Science Program, fieldhouse, updated locker room facilities, alumni and recruiting lounges, special events space and new court surfaces for tennis, volleyball and basketball.
PROJECT FUNDING
As with many large university projects, funding the project becomes a concern. The team was able to obtain federal and state historic tax credits, which then aided in fundraising efforts.   Wittenberg has been awarded federal historic tax incentives from the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program administered by the National Park Service and Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits from the Ohio Development Services Agency.   Currently, most of the funds raised for the new facility have come through donations from alumni and friends. Options for the total scope of the project were developed based on estimated fundraising, making sure the project was within the anticipated budget.
WATCH THE RESTORATION + EXPANSION COME TO LIFE
Want to see the project in action? Visit Wittenberg’s Health, Wellness, & Athletics Restoration Expansion Initiative website for project updates.   Updates include construction photos, a live webcam of the construction site, fundraising, and more.   Wittenberg’s multipurpose indoor recreational facility groundbreaking was held on March 24, 2017, and is expected to open in 2019.

Boardman Township Fire Station

Boardman Township, Ohio

Boardman Township Fire Station
Boardman Township Fire Station
Boardman Township Fire Station
Boardman Township Fire Station
A growing fire department needed a new fire station to meet community and department needs.
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Administration
  • Construction Documents
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Municipal Engineering
  • Programming
  • Schematic Design
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
For more than 10 years, Boardman Township worked on a plan to have a fire station and its fire department housed under one roof.   Previously, Boardman’s Station 71 sat on a structure originally built in 1926 and remodeled in the early 1970s. Due to department growth in recent years, the township needed a new fire station and a location for the municipal fire department offices.
FINDING THE RIGHT SOLUTION
Through a number of programming sessions, the team identified that an approximately 18,000-square-foot building would meet the township’s requirements.   With a budget of $3.4 million for construction costs, ms worked closely with the department to review renovation and new construction options within the budget and identify cost-saving options through the selection of appropriate systems and materials. After reviewing the options and cost-saving benefits, the team decided that a newly constructed Boardman Township Fire Station was the best option to meet the department and community needs.   Boardman Township had two goals throughout the project: provide the township with an iconic fire house supporting the mission of the fire department that township residents would be able to recognize and be proud to have as their fire department facility; and to provide that facility within a set budget.
FIRE STATION DETAILS
Construction for the new Boardman Township Fire Station was completed in 2018.   The 24-hour facility includes:   Four drive-thru apparatus bays Two single-access bays for emergency medical services (EMS) Increased storage space through an added mezzanine above the storage and mechanical spaces Bunkrooms to accommodate 10 people Day room Fitness room Kitchen area Training room and training tower   The new building also houses the municipal fire department, which has offices for the captain, chief, administration, arson, and plan review.
REFLECTING ON A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT
William Cook, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, project manager for the Boardman Fire Station reflects on the project, “We were grateful for the opportunity to work with the township on a project they have been planning for and working towards for many years.”   “The building and the function it represents is important not only to the township but the community as well, and we were proud to help guide the process,” Mr. Cook says, “A number of people have had a hand in the development of this project, from its inception to its funding, to finally its design and construction.”   “Through numerous meetings with Boardman Township and the Fire Department, we were able to accomplish both of these goals,” Mr. Cook recounts, “During the design phase of the project, we worked with the Township and the Fire Department to not only identify the facilities that were necessary to the function of the station but to find creative ways to accomplish those functions to reduce budgetary costs.”

The Hilton Columbus at Easton - Fifth Floor Guestrooms

Columbus, Ohio

Hilton Columbus at Easton
Fifth Floor Guestroom
FIFTH FLOOR BATH
FIFTH FLOOR DORMERS
With a completely land-lock facility and zero ability to expand horizontally, the Hilton Columbus at Easton needed a solution to add guestrooms to accommodate their above-industry-standard occupancy rates.
  • 3D Scanning
  • Architectural Services
  • Construction Administration
  • Feasibility Study
  • MEP Engineering
  • Permitting
  • Project Management
  • Structural Engineering
The Hilton at Easton underwent an exterior and interior transformation that began in 2014.   With a need for more accommodations and no opportunity to build out, ms proposed a solution to expand guest rooms to the hotel’s fifth floor, a previously unoccupied attic storage space.
TRANSFORMING AN ATTIC INTO GUESTROOMS
ms consultants was tasked with converting the existing attic space into 26 guestrooms. Before initiation of full design phases, ms consultants studied the existing building systems to ensure that additional rooms could be accommodated without major upgrades to the water heating, fire protection, egress, and HVAC systems.   With the addition of an occupied fifth floor, the west stair towers also needed to be extended upward to reach the fifth floor for emergency egress. Additionally, dormers were added in order to provide windows and natural light to each guestroom.  All of these improvements were designed to complement the Georgian architectural style of the facility.
BENEFITS OF 3D SCANNING TECHNOLOGY
Previously used for storage, the Hilton at Easton’s fifth floor was riddled with vents, ducts, storm drains and conduit penetrating the floor and walls. To better understand the existing building, ms used 3D scanning to document the existing conditions. The 3D point cloud was then used to create a Building Information Model (BIM) using Revit.   While using the technological capabilities—3D scanning, BIM, and Revit—the design team quickly learned that the existing drains and vents in the floor varied dimensionally from room to room. This seemingly small issues would have major consequences for the Hilton at Easton renovation.   These dimensional variations in the floor penetrations caused individual room sizes to vary by as much as three inches room to room. This had immediate consequences on the design of the floor plan.   By identifying this issue early in the design phase, the value of using these technologies was quickly realized.
A COMMON CHALLENGE – SHOWER DOORS
In hospitality projects, one of the largest lead-time construction specialties (other than furniture) are the shower doors.   By understanding and documenting the as-built dimensional characteristics, the construction team was not surprised by the disparity in room sizes for the Hilton at Easton. This resulted in a more accurate bid and a construction schedule that accounted for variations in a long-lead-time element.   If traditional survey were used, the design and management methods would have likely resulted in costly construction change orders and lengthy project delays.   With the use of 3D scanning and other technologies, the Hilton at Easton fifth floor renovation was completed efficiently and without any unwanted surprises.

Upground Reservoirs

Columbus, Ohio

John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir
Pump Station
Inflatable Weir on Scioto River
A rapidly growing area was in need of a sustainable water supply for its more than 1.5 million residents to serve the community well into the future.
  • Architecture
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Planning
  • M/E/P Engineering
  • Public Involvement
  • Right of Way
  • Roadway Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Survey + Mapping
  • Telemetry
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Water Modeling
  • Water Resources
In order to provide adequate water supply for the future, the City of Columbus is constructing three upground reservoirs to be supplied by the Scioto River which flows from north to south through the city.   The first of the three reservoirs, named the John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir, was officially dedicated on September 30, 2014 in honor of the former Columbus Water Administrator.   The John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir project received numerous awards, including the 2015 National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).
JOHN R. DOUTT UPGROUND RESERVOIR HIGHLIGHTS
$1 million saved in energy costs through the use of an inflatable dam More than 1.5 million residents served 850-acre reservoir 3 billion gallons of water 37 million square feet of geomembrane liner, making it one of the largest synthetically-lined reservoirs in the nation 20,000 linear feet of 72-inch steel pipe used for the phase 1 raw water line 150-foot wide inflatable weir installed in the Scioto River
MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF PLANNING + WORK
The city commissioned a team led by ms consultants to provide preliminary and final design for the proposed reservoirs recommended in the feasibility study. The three reservoirs will occupy 2,500 acres of land in northwest Delaware County, which is located north of the city and adjacent to Franklin County.   Preliminary design for the reservoirs included:   Subsurface investigations; Establishment of the reservoir footprints and construction sequence; Detailed site surveys Evaluation of the alternative locations for the raw water pump station; And, evaluation of alternatives for transmission main pipelines.   The evaluation criteria included:   Design constraints Availability of adequate power supply Subsurface conditions Environmental protection Impacts to the community Right-of-way acquisition and construction costs Operation and maintenance consideration Recreational use opportunities Security requirements   In addition, the ms team provided environmental investigations for the reservoirs, including Cultural Resources; Terrestrial Habitats; Wetlands; Aquatic Habitats; Hazardous Material Investigations. The results of the environmental studies were used for preliminary design and analysis of alternatives; detailed design of selected option; documentation for permit applications; defining potential construction mitigation elements; and identifying any operational considerations.
COORDINATING A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT
ms also provided the extensive regulatory agency and permitting coordination that a project of this complexity and magnitude requires. The agencies involved include:   Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) United States Army Corp of Engineers (USCOE) Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Delaware County Ohio Historic Preservation Office Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) Del-Co Water Co. Local townships   Some of the many permits and approvals that were coordinated include 404/401 permits, NPDES stormwater permits, OEPA plan approval, FEMA approval, erosion control plans, and ODNR permits, among others.
SUPPLYING WATER FOR THE FUTURE
The three planned reservoirs will store approximately 18.3 billion gallons of water, and will provide a design safe yield up to 53 MGD of potable water to Columbus and Del-Co Water Company consumers under a 50-year drought condition.   The reservoirs will be constructed over the next 15-20 years.
2015 National Recognition Award

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) National

2015 Outstanding Achievement Award

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio

2015 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award

Franklin County Chapter of Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (FCC-OSPE)

2015 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award

Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)

2015 Top Projects Award

Water & Wastes Digest (W&WD)

Hamilton Road Widening + Roundabouts

Gahanna, Ohio

Hamilton Road Widening + Roundabouts
HAMILTON ROAD ROUNDABOUT
ROUNDABOUT EDUCATION IN CITY HALL
MOCK ROUNDABOUTS
When Hamilton Road’s traffic was over-capacity, a solution was needed that reduced congestion, improved operations, and was pedestrian-friendly.
  • Bridge Rehabilitation
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Right-of-Way
  • Roundabout Design
  • Survey
  • Traffic Engineering
When the Hamilton Road corridor was averaging 18,000 vehicles per day, more than its 16,000 vehicle per day capacity, the City of Gahanna knew an improvement was needed.   In 2011, the City of Gahanna and the Franklin County Engineer’s Office formed a partnership to improve the Hamilton Road corridor. The goal was to create a roadway to meet its capacity needs and improve operations, while also incorporating pedestrians and bicycles.
HAMILTON ROAD IMPROVEMENT DETAILS
The Hamilton Road widening project went far beyond just road widening. Details for the $12 million improvement project include:   Widening the one-mile corridor of Hamilton Road to five lanes Two new roundabouts New storm sewer systems New concrete curbs and gutters New sidewalk New shared-use path New LED street lighting Replacement of the bridge over Sycamore Run with a road closure of only seven days, far less than the typical 45-60 day closure
GAHANNA’S FIRST MULTILANE ROUNDABOUTS
The two roundabouts as part of the Hamilton Road widening project were the first multilane roundabouts in the City of Gahanna. Because of the common misconceptions and concerns surrounding roundabouts, it was key to educate the community.   The City of Gahanna took a proactive and expansive approach to educate the community. Roundabout education included:   Walkable roundabout decal installed in Gahanna’s City Hall. Color-coded areas and indicators signified the types of turns permitted in each lane. Individuals were able to focus on proper entry and exit without safety concerns for other motorists and pedestrians. Live training sessions were held at a local park with “mock” roundabouts. Individuals maneuvered roundabouts, created with temporary striping tape, via golf carts. The mock roundabout sessions were also recorded to become an additional resource on the city’s website. Educational tray liners were distributed to local fast food restaurants in Gahanna. These tray liners provided instructions on navigating the roundabouts. Instructional videos were posted to the city’s website and social media.
SERVING THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
In addition to educational outreach for the community, local residents were one of the key focuses when designing the roundabouts.   Pedestrian- and bicyclists-friendly features include:   Shared-use path Sidewalk New bus stops User-actuated pedestrian signals at roundabout crossings Clear pedestrian signal visibility through the use of solar-powered Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) at crosswalks   The inclusion of these features make this a more inviting corridor for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. By including all user types, this area encourages healthier, more sustainable, transportation and improves safety.
PROMOTING BEE CITY USA
The City of Gahanna is officially designated as a “Bee City USA.” As the Hamilton Road project began, Gahanna also wanted to promote its support for pollinators and the Bee City designation.   The Hamilton Road roundabouts were landscaped with 100% pollinator-friendly trees, shrubs, and flowers. Planting native pollinators improve the health of native pollinator species such as honey bees and monarch butterflies. These efforts created the first pollinator oasis islands in Central Ohio.

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