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ODOT Stormwater Volume Reduction Research

Ohio

ODOT STORMWATER VOLUME REDUCTION RESEARCH
ODOT STORMWATER VOLUME REDUCTION RESEARCH
MONITORING EQUIPMENT
MONITORING EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION
ODOT needed a cost-effective, efficient, and successful, alternative to its post-construction, stormwater volume reducing best management practices.
  • Construction Inspection
  • Data Analysis and Research
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Highway Design
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Stormwater Flow Monitoring
  • Survey
  • Traffic Control
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Location and Design Manual specifies several best management practices (BMPs) that have been approved by the Ohio EPA (OEPA) for use on publicly-funded transportation projects. These OEPA approved BMPs are currently the only practices ODOT can accept for post-construction water quality and water quantity treatment.   Designing post-construction stormwater BMPs is particularly difficult for transportation projects due to their linear nature, restrictive construction limits, and limited right-of-way.   However, there are common features of roadway projects, such as grassed shoulders and medians, with modifications like soil amendments, may increase the infiltration capacity, promote evapotranspiration, and serve as a water quantity BMP.
IDENTIFYING ALTERNATIVES
To identify alternatives for stormwater volume BMPs, ODOT’s Office of Hydraulic Engineering Research, in collaboration with ms consultants, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and Stone Environmental is undergoing a research project for post-construction stormwater management.   The goal is to first determine the effectiveness of soil amendment as a stormwater runoff volume reducing BMP.   If found to be cost-effective, this potential new BMP may provide a new and improved alternative for post-construction stormwater management for transportation construction projects.
ASSESSMENT OF EXISTING AND POTENTIAL VOLUME REDUCTION
This research project focuses on developing OEPA-approved BMPs that use common features on roadway projects (i.e. grassed shoulders with amended soil) that are within the right-of-way.   The intent of these BMPs is to reduce runoff by infiltration and evapotranspiration to meet water quantity requirements per the Ohio EPA Construction General Permit. This will better enable ODOT to provide additional post-construction stormwater management options to meet regulatory requirements.   The research team has identified twelve sites across the state of Ohio to perform flow monitoring. The sites are located within the grassed medians of ODOT-maintained right-of-ways. The geographic distribution of the sites allows for data representative of varying weather conditions throughout the state. Site-specific flow monitoring plans were developed and equipment was installed to capture and record the rate, volume, and frequency of stormwater runoff generated from the roadway.   The soil amendment process consists of incorporating high-infiltrating soil materials into the top layer of existing soil along the sloped grass shoulder of the roadway. As the stormwater runoff sheet flows off the roadway, the amended soil is intended to decreases stormwater runoff volume by increasing infiltration, evapotranspiration, and initial abstraction of the grassed shoulder. Several soil amendment materials and amendment depths will be installed and analyzed to evaluate their performance.   After the soil amendment installations are completed, post-amendment flow monitoring will begin. The effectiveness of soil amendment as a stormwater volume reducing BMP will be evaluated by comparing the pre-amendment runoff volumes with post-amendment volumes.
THE PROJECT IN NUMBERS
$1.3 million research project 12 monitoring sites Across 5 Ohio counties 4 soil amendment alternatives 3 years of monitoring and data analysis

Bentleyville Interchange

Pennsylvania

Bentleyville Interchange
Bentleyville Interchange
Bentleyville Interchange
When interstate 70 in Pennsylvania had several safety and efficiency issues, PennDOT needed a cost-effective solution to overhaul the area roadways.
  • Bridge Engineering
  • Environmental Planning
  • Highway Engineering
  • Highway Lighting Design
  • Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling
  • Noise Mitigation
  • Right-of-Way
  • Stormwater Management
  • Streams and Waterway Mitigation
  • Subsurface Utility Engineering
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Transportation Management
The Bentleyville Interchange project on I-70 in Pennsylvania was previously home to unsafe and inefficient travel conditions. Narrow shoulders on the median side, sub-standard horizontal curves, inadequate acceleration and deceleration lanes, closely spaced interchanges, and insufficient vertical clearance at underpasses are just some of the issues that travelers dealt with while traveling this portion of I-70.   PennDOT District 12-0 decided it was time to improve the area. PennDOT implemented a partnership between the district, Golden Triangle Construction (the contractor), ms consultants (the designer), and JMT, Inc. (construction inspection). This partnership would go on to provide efficient project delivery and clear lines of communication throughout the project.   The Bentleyville Interchange project included a number of innovative ideas, new technologies and cost-saving elements that led to a very successful project. The updated, safer, and more efficient transportation system, including the reconstruction of two mainline interchanges, was substantially completed in late 2018.
PROJECT DETAILS
The Bentleyville Interchange project is located in three municipalities: Somerset Township, Fallowfield Township, and the Borough of Bentleyville and includes:   Median and shoulder widening Curve realignment On- and off-ramp reconstruction Extension of acceleration and deceleration lanes Reconstruction and paving of over 9,000 feet of S.R. 0070 Realignment and reconstruction of nearly 5,000 feet of S.R. 2040 Addition of a center left turn lane and sidewalks to S.R. 2040 Reconstruction of nearly 1,200 feet of S.R. 0917 and realignment and raising over S.R. 0070 Removal of two interchange ramps Alterations to S.R. 2044, including a total combined reconstruction of 1,800 feet of local roads Replacement of the S.R. 0070 mainline bridge with a 3-span, 345-foot-long structure, carrying traffic over Pigeon Creek, S.R. 2040 and the Norfolk-Southern Railway Replacement of the S.R. 0917 bridge over S.R. 0070 Removal of two bridges Construction of a single lane roundabout Installation of traffic signals
2018 Project of the Year

American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Southwest Penn Section

Project of the Year

American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Northeast Region

Lawrence R. Schreiber Pump Station + Transmission Main

Powell, Ohio

Lawrence R. Schreiber Pump Station
Lawrence R. Schreiber Pump Station
Lawrence R. Schreiber Pump Station
Del-Co needed a solution to better serve Central Ohio residents for years to come with a positive social impact on the community.
  • Architecture
  • Building Codes
  • Distribution and Transmission Lines
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Facility Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Permitting
  • Plumbing Engineering
  • Pump Station Design
  • Regulatory Compliance Assistance
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • Social, Natural, and Cultural Studies
  • Structural Engineering
  • Wetland Permitting and Mitigation
The Del-Co Water Company serves approximately 44,000 customers throughout eight counties in the northern area of the Central Ohio region. Their water systems have an operating capacity of 33 million gallons per day (MGD). Del-Co’s main water supply is the Olentangy River, which serves their Olentangy Water Treatment Plant.   In recent years, during periods of drought, Del-Co’s water source supply reached levels requiring Del-Co to use their reserve supply out of their above-ground reservoirs. In part because of this drought, Del-Co partnered with the City of Columbus to construct the Upground Reservoir project along the Scioto River. The completion of this project allowed Del-Co to access source water from the Scioto River, located approximately 3.5 miles west of their Olentangy Water Plant.   Through the Schreiber Pump Station project, Del-Co received 16 MGD to use as a redundant water supply for their water system. This allows Del-Co to better serve the central Ohio area for years to come—providing a positive social impact to the community.
Project Challenges
The project did not come without its share of design and construction challenges:   The pump station and 36-inch waterline were constructed in an area with difficult subsurface conditions. Limestone rock formations were approximately 2 feet below the surface, which slowed the project’s construction since the pump station was more than 25 feet deep. The station’s proximity to the reservoir made excavation/construction practices more difficult. The station’s intake system’s original design was to be an open-channel on the surface of the reservoir. This was cost prohibitive so the intake design was changed—from an open-channel installation to a subsurface steel pipe intake, which required microtunneling operations. It is rare to use microtunneling as the installation method in the Central Ohio area on water projects. Microtunneling is also innovative as it uses a laser-guided tunneling machine to pull a pipe through a newly dug tunnel.   In addition to the design and construction challenges, the project involved substantial coordination challenges between multiple entities, including: the City of Columbus; the Ohio Department of Transportation; Delaware County; CSX Railroad; multiple townships; the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; the United States Army Corps of Engineers; the State Historic Preservation Office; and almost 40 property owners for securing easements along the waterline.

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.
PROJECT PROGRESS
Want to see the Hazel Storage Basin progress?   Follow the Hazel Storage Basin (CSO Racks 10 & 11) construction progress via live webcam and construction photos.   Check out other construction updates at the Akron Waterways Renewed! website.

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
1929 GYM RENOVATION
INDOOR RECREATIONAL FACILITY CONSTRUCTION
INDOOR RECREATIONAL FACILITY CONSTRUCTION
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.”

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