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AEP Lima Service Center + Maintenance Garage

Lima, Ohio

AEP Service Center + Maintenance Garage
AEP Service Center + Maintenance Garage
Maintenance Garage
Service Center
Training Rooms
Employee Gym
WHEN A NEW FACILITY WAS NEEDED, AEP WANTED A SERVICE CENTER AND MAINTENANCE GARAGE THAT WOULD BEST SERVE ITS STAFF AND CUSTOMERS’ NEEDS.
  • Electrical Engineering
  • HVAC Engineering
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Energy
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Administration
  • Landscape Architecture
ms consultants provided design and construction services for a new 47,600 square-foot service center and detached 23,800 square-foot pull-through, vehicle storage and maintenance garage in Lima, Ohio.   The Lima Service Center and Maintenance Garage is part of a larger $250 million AEP program for new and updated service centers and maintenance garages throughout the Eastern, Central, and Southern United States.
SERVICE CENTER + MAINTENANCE GARAGE DETAILS
The front office space includes:   Dedicated office space Training rooms Conference rooms Employee gym Break room   The maintenance garage includes:   Dedicated maintenance and servicing space Receiving dock Wash bay Truck and equipment storage Additional storage bays   The floor of the vehicle storage and maintenance garage is equipped with an under-slab radiant heating system. This is the primary source of heating in the facility. This type of heating system is a more energy-efficient and sustainable alternative for a maintenance building. Additionally, it creates a more comfortable work environment for employees.
STAYING ON BUDGET
At the crossroads of design aesthetic and budget constraints our structural engineering team utilized a cost effective pre-engineered metal building design for the high bay truck parking space. The front office space utilized a traditional stick design. This flexibility in design allowed AEP to achieve the aesthetic they desired while keeping construction costs within budget.
LEED CERTIFICATION
LEED certification, from the US Green Building Council (USGBC), is an international standard for the design, construction, and operation of high-performing structures. Each certification level indicates the achievement of environmental, economic, and social impacts for the structure and its surroundings.   The AEP Lima Service Center and Maintenance Garage project achieved LEED v4 certification. Some aspects of the project that makes it a LEED certified project include:   Indoor and outdoor water use reduction Optimized energy performance Maximized occupant comfort with better indoor environmental quality practices Maximized use of products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts Rainwater management Responsible sourcing of raw materials Maximizes daylighting and reduces electrical lighting loads

Joyce Avenue Water Storage Tank

Columbus, Ohio

Joyce Avenue Water Storage Tank
The city needed an imaginative method to efficiently revitalize an award-winning mural on a uniquely shaped water tower.
  • 3D Scanning
  • Architectural Design
  • Survey
  • Unmanned Aerial System
The Joyce Avenue Water Storage Tank is located on the east side of the City of Columbus. The tank was originally fabricated and painted in 1996. A student from the Columbus College of Art & Design painted it after winning a contest held by the City to create an imaginative mural on the storage tank.   The Joyce Avenue Tank was named the Steel Tank Institute Tank of the Year the same year it was fabricated and originally painted. Each year, the Steel Tank Institute recognized tanks which best represent the advantages and flexibility of steel construction.
3D SCANNING AND RENDERINGS
The Joyce Avenue Water Storage Tank was originally constructed with an intricate mural painted on the exterior finish. Due to weathering and age deterioration, the city wanted to revitalize and recreate the original mural. An imaginative method was needed to efficiently capture the existing mural for recreation.   Using a Faro 3D Laser Scanner and DJI Inspire 2 Drone (unmanned aerial system) the team captured the existing mural. This equipment enabled the team to capture the existing mural in a 3D point cloud. This data was processed using Pix4D software and Revit to create a 3D model. From the 3D model, a plan set was created for the painting contractor to follow. The plan set featured several views and gridlines to orient the spatial location of each component of the mural. The water tower was laid out like a globe to represent the curved shape of the water tower on a linear plan set.   These 3D scanning, drone, and rendering services lead the way for an efficient and successful revitalization of one of the city’s landmark storage tanks.

Hazel Storage Basin

Akron, Ohio

Hazel Storage Basin
Hazel Storage Basin
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.
  • Architectural Design
  • Combined Sewers
  • Environmental Planning
  • Long Term Control Plan (LTCP)
  • Sewage Collection, Treatment, and Disposal
  • Structural Design
  • Structural Engineering
  • Survey
  • Unmanned Aerial System
  • Wastewater
  • Water Resource Engineering
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. 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 model predicts the basin will be activated.   Additionally, two 300-horsepower screw pumps have been designed to fill the basin completely during  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.
PRACTICAL UTILIZATION OF UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS
Due to large stockpiles of materials present on the site, the project could not be safely surveyed by conventional methods. Working around this issue, the survey team placed ground control and flew the site with their DJI Inspire 2 Drone (unmanned aerial system).   ms produced the data in Pix4D to create a point cloud from the digital imagery. The point cloud was converted to a working surface the designers used in AutoCAD Civil 3D. The team was able to perform volumetric calculations for the amount of the material that needed removed during construction.
2020 Project of the Year Award (Durability)

Slag Cement Association (SCA)

Delaware City Hall Design

Delaware, Ohio

Delaware City Hall Design
THE CITY WANTED TO BALANCE ITS VARYING WORKPLACE OPERATIONAL DEMANDS IN A RENOVATED, EMPLOYEE-CENTRIC FACILITY.
  • 3D Scanning
  • Architectural Services
  • Bid Management
  • Construction Administration
  • Existing Conditions Assessment
  • Historic Preservation
  • HVAC Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • MEP Engineering
  • Project Management for Construction
  • Public Meetings
  • Structural Engineering
  • Utilization Studies
When the City of Delaware, Department of Administrative Services was fighting inefficiencies in an outdated building, they turned to ms consultants to create an employee-centered workplace.   The ms team designed the interior renovation of the existing 3-story, 19,000-square-foot historic city building. The interior renovation needed to maintain the building’s historic character. The city building was built nearly a century ago and is located in the heart of the historic district in downtown Delaware, Ohio.
Overcoming Predesign Challenges
There were many predesign challenges to overcome. These challenges were due to previous attempts to update the building’s interior nearly thirty years ago. The ms team’s detailed approach included special considerations for overcoming these challenges.   The team began the predesign process by conducting preliminary design workshops. These workshops were held with city departments, stakeholders, and the public. Staff utilization and department engagement studies were also performed. With key takeaways from these exercises, the team was able to determine priorities for design. Understanding the priorities, the team could prioritize critical work environments during design. This led to a seamless transition to schematic design.   Ultimately, the key takeaways from predesign activities lead to a clear understanding of priorities for the entire team and a smooth design process. Understanding the priorities from the beginning, the team was able to preserve the building’s original character while implementing the modern functionality required by its staff.

Knox County Service Maintenance Garage

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Knox County Service Maintenance Garage
KNOX COUNTY NEEDED A NEW MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE FACILITY THAT MET THE COUNTY’S SERVICE NEEDS WHILE BLENDING INTO THE HISTORIC, DOWNTOWN ARCHITECTURE.
  • Architectural Design
  • Code Review
  • Construction Administration
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Site Civil Engineering
The one-story, 1,700-square-foot maintenance building is used as a garage and storage for parts and equipment for the Knox County Engineering Department. The facility is located in historic downtown Mount Vernon.   In the planning and design phases, this project included: Preparation of site layout alternatives Preliminary code research Preparation of site plans including final site layout Grading plan and utility plan Contacting local agencies to obtain regulations   The final maintenance building design incorporates three service bays, one drive-through wash bay, and an additional work area. The floor of the building is equipped with an under-slab radiant heating system. This type of heating system is a more energy-efficient and sustainable alternative for a maintenance building. Additionally, it creates a more comfortable work environment for employees.
MATCHING ARCHITECTURAL STYLE
The biggest design challenge was to ensure the Knox County maintenance building matched the look and feel of downtown Mount Vernon. To align with the rich, historical architectural heritage of the downtown area, the team carefully assimilated the utilitarian-style maintenance building.   Special design considerations were made to ensure the facility respected the architectural style of the surrounding area. The design team carefully studied the architectural fabric of the area and incorporated design elements into the maintenance facility, blending the building into its historic surrounding.   The exterior design of the new maintenance facility is carriage-house style. Strategically blending the utilitarian building into the surrounding historic, downtown architecture. This style utilizes masonry, stone veneer, and painted composite siding.

Cuyahoga Falls Fire Station 3

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Cuyahoga Falls Fire Station 3
Cuyahoga Falls Fire Station 3
Cuyahoga Falls Fire Station 3
Cuyahoga Falls Fire Station 3
Cuyahoga Falls Fire Station 3
A FIRE STATION FALLEN INTO DISREPAIR NEEDED UPDATED WITH MODERN AMENITIES AND EXPANDED TO BETTER SERVE ITS STAFF AND COMMUNITY.
  • Architectural Design
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
The City of Cuyahoga Falls currently operates five fire stations throughout the municipality. Fire Station 3 had not been renovated in 40 years and had fallen into disrepair. The city commissioned a study to compare the costs and benefits of either renovating the station or constructing a new station. Through careful consideration, it was determined construction of a new facility would be the most cost-effective approach to providing the enhanced program desired by the city.
UNDERSTANDING THE CITY'S NEEDS
Preliminary project meetings were conducted with the city’s executive team, including the Fire Chief, Assistant Chief, Service Director, and City Engineer. Further sessions to develop detailed user needs followed with fire fighters and other city personnel. Insights gathered from these sessions helped to define the overall scope, schedule, and project budget. This information was shared and refined with the executive team in a collected effort to provide a final program to meet all the city’s needs.
NEW FIRE STATION FACILITY FEATURES
The new 15,000 square foot facility features a six bay garage with three drive-thru apparatus bays to house a variety of emergency service vehicles. The garage has extended ceiling heights to facilitate easier fire equipment repair, clerestory windows for natural light, and polished concrete floors designed to be low maintenance.   The facility provides public access spaces on the first floor including a public entrance with emergency phone, training/community rooms, watch office, and a first aid room. Living quarters for the full-time quads on the second floor include bunkrooms, day room, laundry room, kitchen, and dining areas. Additional staff amenities include a fitness space medical grade infrared sauna, and covered patio off the side of the facility.
UNIQUE PROJECT CHALLENGES
One of the unique challenges involved the existing project site. The city’s intent was to demolish the existing fire station and reuse the site for the new structure. The size of the site provided a challenge because the proposed facility, when completed, would occupy three times the square footage of the original station and, with drive-thru bays, would require more than double the circulation space. By working with the Cuyahoga Falls School District, supplemental property was acquired, allowing both the building and circulation space in addition to providing surplus property access for the school district.

Shell Center for Process Technology Education at CCBC

Beaver County, Pennsylvania

Shell Center for Process Technology Education at CCBC
THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BEAVER COUNTY NEEDED TO RENOVATE AN EXISTING BUILDING AND PLAN AN ADDITION TO HOUSE THEIR NEW PROCESS TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM.
  • Construction Administration
  • Construction Documentation
  • HVAC Engineering
  • Architectural Design
  • Structural Engineering
  • Interior Design
The Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) hired ms consultants to design a two-phased building addition to their campus. The addition will serve as the home to their new Process Technology Program and be known as The Shell Center for Process Technology Education.   The new program, which partners with local industry leaders, prepares students for careers in regional technology-driven fields such the petrochemical and manufacturing industries. The new building will facilitate hands-on learning with technology, simulating real-world equipment commonly used by the local industrial community. This approach strengthens the pipeline of CCBC graduating students to the Western Pennsylvania industrial corporations for future employment.
A New Technology Education Center
During phase 1, the existing building was renovated and the roof was raised to provide high-bay space for hands-on testing equipment. The existing building provided enough power for the expansion, avoiding a large investment in new electrical infrastructure. Utilities such as gas and water are also available on site. Nitrogen and vacuum will be used in the chemistry lab and provided locally.   Next, for phase 2, a two-story, 10,500 square-foot addition was added to the building renovated in phase 1. The new addition includes office space, a new lobby entrance, three classrooms, a chemistry lab, and a 20-foot high-bay lab space to accommodate manufacturing-equipment. Natural lighting was an important asset both from a color rendition and energy management point of view in the lab spaces. All working spaces are on the first level to streamline the movement of equipment, which can be large and cumbersome. The classrooms and office spaces are located on the upper level.   The aesthetic elements of the industrial environment were considered during the interior design process. The interior materials chosen are durable, to reflect the industrial aesthetic. The exterior material palette is derived from the existing context so it’s cohesive. Alternating brick and metal panel walls break up the scale of the two-story west façade into intimate pieces. A glass curtain wall, encompassing both floors, encloses the entrance lobby and gives the addition a welcoming face. At night, this well-lit lobby acts as a beacon on campus.

MCCTC Fire Training Center

Canfield, Ohio

MCCTC Fire Training Center
A CAREER AND TECHNICAL CENTER NEEDED A NEW FIRE TRAINING FACILITY TO EXPAND THE REGION’S PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAMS FOR FIREFIGHTER TRAINING.
  • Architectural Design
  • MEP Engineering
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Construction Administration Services
The Mahoning County Career and Technical Center (MCCTC) provides opportunities for high school students and adults in the community to learn skills to start and advance their technical careers. The addition of the new fire training facility allows for the expansion of their public safety programs for firefighter and emergency medical technician training.   The new training facility provides safe, local, and hands-on training opportunities for all present and future regional fire and rescue personnel. Local personnel will no longer have to travel outside the region to get the training they need to begin their public safety career or continue their education. This dedicated training facility is expected to lead to an improvement in overall public safety in the region.
FIRE TRAINING FACILITY + MULTIPURPOSE CENTER
The new National Fire Protection Agency and Ohio Department of Public Safety compliant fire training facility was designed to be a first-class fire training site for the Mahoning County region. The new fire training facility allows simulations of real rescue situations – venturing through mazes, climbing stairwells, and even repelling from the top tower. The structure permits real fires to be set within a controlled burn environment for realistic training situations.   The new facility also includes a 10,000 square foot multipurpose center. The multipurpose center features a training room for instructional work. Additionally, it has storage bays for the fire engines, equipment, and student gear.   Working closely with MCCTC administrators and other stakeholders, visioning sessions were conducted to outline MCCTC’s overall requirements and ensure they stayed within the project budget set by the grants received.

Knox County Village Strategic Plans

Knox County, Ohio

Knox County Village Strategic Plans
Facing growth and demographic changes, the four largest villages in Knox County needed asset-based and community-driven strategic plans.
  • Planning
  • Public Outreach + Strategy
  • Grants + Funding
The Strategic Plans act as guidelines to properly manage existing and future land uses in and around the villages. By evaluating the existing conditions and leveraging the growing population trends of the greater Central Ohio region, the plans will help the villages prepare for redevelopment and investment within each village.   Public engagement efforts involved community thought-leaders, village staff, philanthropic organizations, and private developers in addition to village residents. Together, plans detailing where and how to build planning capacity and setting strategies for growth and development for the next ten years within each village were created.
Centerburg Strategic Plan
Coined as “the Next Town Out” from the Columbus Metro Area, the Village of Centerburg is preparing for a dramatic increase in development pressure in the next 10-15 years. With conflicting interests between village leadership and the surrounding township, identifying areas for annexation or joint development plans was a top priority in this plan.   An in-depth review of the Village’s Zoning Code revealed regulations discouraging housing developments at the density level needed to maintain affordability. Additionally, the code lacked the requirements for public amenities such as green space and playgrounds to be incorporated in new residential developments. Recommendations for the future included updates to the zoning code and funding strategies to leverage the Heart of Ohio Trail which connects the village to statewide trail networks.
Danville Strategic Plan
As the Gateway to the Amish, the Village of Danville is surrounded by scenic countryside, a beloved setting to local residents. This Strategic Plan highlights specific focus areas to be marketed for development or redevelopment as part of a larger preservation strategy. To ensure the community charm and rural character are maintained, certain areas will need to monopolize on revenue-producing land uses, providing the area with restaurants, retail, and job opportunities. Evaluating land owned by public entities, areas for new development were identified. Desired improvements include high quality housing ranging from townhomes to multifamily homes and public gathering space to be utilized for community events.
Fredericktown Strategic Plan
With a downtown revitalization study completed in 2017, the Village of Fredericktown was looking to prioritize investments in the community. This Strategic Plan evaluates existing assets, community priorities, and available grants and funding opportunities. Residents and business owners were surveyed for further insight of community priorities. The results indicated a strong preference for increasing recreational opportunities on the nearby Kokosing River and Owl Creek Bike Trail. Conversations around land acquisition and easement regulations were proposed in order to extend the local bikeway into the regional trail system. Future phases of implementation will prioritize linking these recreational assets to Fredericktown’s historic downtown core for visitors and residents alike.
Gambier Strategic Plan
Situated only a few miles down the road from the county seat of Mount Vernon, the Village of Gambier has a steady stream of visitors and employees to Kenyon College, the largest land owner in the village. This Strategic Plan studied the limited supply of housing and real estate within the village and evaluated opportunities for growth into the surrounding township. Bringing multiple stakeholders to the table, strategies for a permanent merger of the village with the township were openly discussed. Programmatic elements were recommended to increase regional tourism in the community and conservation practices were evaluated for opportunities to allow recreational elements in protected land. Finally, new business opportunities and potential partnerships with Kenyon College were explored to further market the village to surrounding communities including an increase in public art, area recreational trails, and incentives for new lodging facilities to house visitors.   Learn more on the Knox County Village Strategic Plans website.

YSU Don Constantini Multimedia Center

Youngstown, Ohio

YSU Don Constantini Multimedia Center
YSU Don Constantini Multimedia Center
YSU Don Constantini Multimedia Center
A university athletic department required a state of the art multimedia center and updated loge viewing facilities.
  • Architectural Design
  • Program Verification and Design
  • Construction Documentation
  • Bidding and Construction Administration
  • Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Plumbing Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
Located within Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium, the addition of the Don Constantini Multimedia Center brings new capabilities to the university’s academic and athletic programs. The ms design team worked closely, over a three-year period, coordinating with various academic administrators and athletic department officials to execute YSU’s vision and goals for the new space.   The new multimedia center, located within the larger press box addition, allows the university to use a master control room for all related campus athletics, expands capabilities for university and professional sports broadcasting and provides classroom space for YSU’s telecommunication and sports broadcasting programs.   The addition includes a single, unified control center and fully integrated space for TV and radio broadcasts. Additionally, the new space has separate team coaching viewing areas, a 50-person multipurpose classroom, restrooms, private loges, and various multipurpose spaces for students, coaches, and recruits. Two separate stair/elevator towers provide access to the space in with renovated concessions and restrooms provided at the lower concourse.   Project obstacles included the prerequisite for highly specialized foundations due to poor soil conditions and an accelerated schedule. Early project delays caused by inclement weather conditions necessitated a fast track approach near the project’s close to meet the university’s requirement for project completion prior to the 2019 home opening football game.
New Luxury Loges
A separate “spin off” project was completed concurrently located on the opposite side of Stambaugh Stadium. As space became available with the relocation of the multimedia center, four new luxury loges were added to the west side viewing facility.   Each new loge was tailored to the requirements of each individual owner and required extensive rework of existing mechanical and plumbing systems, platform construction, and space reconfiguration.

Blueprint Columbus: Integrated Solutions

Columbus, Ohio

Blueprint Columbus: Integrated Solutions
Blueprint Columbus: Integrated Solutions
Blueprint Columbus: Integrated Solutions
Blueprint Columbus: Integrated Solutions
A number of long-term, sustainable, stormwater solutions were needed that also improved water quality and revitalized local neighborhoods.
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Green + Gray Infrastructure Design
  • Interagency Coordination
  • Green Infrastructure Design
  • Public Outreach + Strategy
The City of Columbus has refocused its Wet Weather Management Program to include an integrated planning approach, known as Blueprint Columbus. As an integral part of the city’s updated plan, projects included within Blueprint Columbus aim to reduce the amount of infiltration and inflow (I/I) into the sanitary sewer system and the number of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) at designed sewer relief (DSR) points.   The Blueprint Columbus initiative outlines four key concepts to reduce I/I and SSOs, while simultaneously treating stormwater runoff entering the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) system: Lining sanitary sewer main and lateral lines. Redirecting residential rooftop downspouts to the public right of way (ROW). Voluntary sump pump redirection. Green infrastructure (GI) implementation to treat additional runoff directed to sewers.
Integrated Solutions
One project area was subject to extensive street and surface flooding. The team recommended a preferred gray and green infrastructure alternative to the city. These alternatives not only meet the Blueprint objectives for water quality, but also mitigated flooding in several areas, helping to revitalize the neighborhood. The following green infrastructure technologies were utilized: Bioretention cells/basins within boulevards (street islands) in the right-of-way. Pocket parks in select land bank parcels. Permeable pavement from curb to curb. Permeable parking areas and relief storm sewers for additional storage.
Innovative GIS/Application Development
The ms team’s innovative approach to data collection was to use the geo-referencing capability and user-friendly interface of the Collector for ArcGIS app to develop a custom app. This new app collected private property investigation data including vegetation, fences, downspouts, building outlines, rooftop drainage areas, utility meter locations, building exterior photographs, and H&H task drainage patterns. The field data was used to create the existing condition and baseline conditions hydrologic and hydraulic model. By using the team-developed app, the city reduced data pre- and post-processing costs. Additionally, the City of Columbus used the new app on other Blueprint projects, reducing costs even further.
Interagency Coordination
One of the first lessons learned during the Blueprint Columbus process was the critical need for interagency communication. The ms team led the charge in developing a sharing-information process that all agencies can follow to share their information and priorities during this process. This coordination was especially important in areas where the Department of Recreation and Parks and Department of Public Services were both stakeholders.
Lessons Learned
The Blueprint Integrated Solutions Projects have been learning experiences for all involved parties. There were many valuable lessons learned throughout the project, including: Regional Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) can be more cost effective than right-of-way GSI Parking studies helped understand loss of parking while selecting right-of-way GSI Interagency coordination early and often is critical for success Integration of green and gray infrastructure improvements helped provide positive outflow for GSI and mitigated flooding.

Canfield Comprehensive Plan

Canfield, Ohio

Canfield Comprehensive Plan
A northeast Ohio community was in need of a comprehensive vision to guide future growth, development, and quality of life.
  • Planning
  • Transportation
  • Public Outreach + Strategy
  • Grants + Funding
The City of Canfield, located less than ten miles from Youngstown, Ohio, is undertaking a multi-pronged approach to prepare for the future. In an effort to better serve its residents and increase activity in the community, the City wanted to formulate a strategic plan addressing a myriad of physical, economic, and environmental issues.   The Comprehensive Plan envisions the future of growth, development, and quality of life for the Canfield community for the next ten to twenty years. The plan, rooted in community aspirations and implementable goals, provides an honest evaluation of present and future needs. The plan establishes long-term goals around several topics including: economic development, land use, transportation, community character, parks and public space, and housing. Final recommendations include strategies for revitalizing the downtown district, supporting multi-modal transportation options, and marketing available development areas in the region. The plan takes special attention to address the relationship between the City and the Township to ensure the region’s growth is managed in a balanced and strategic way. The plan is grounded in significant public engagement to ensure recommendations reflect community-wide aspirations and garner broad, long-term support.
Main Street Corridor Plan
Conducted concurrently with the comprehensive planning process, the Main Street Corridor Plan evaluated congestion, safety, aesthetics, and land use along the primary commercial corridor and gateway in Canfield. A complete traffic study is aligned with the wide-ranging planning objectives of the Comprehensive Plan to ensure a thorough and inclusive analysis of the corridor’s function.
Canfield Loop
The City of Canfield was awarded a Planning Grant by Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to assist in planning efforts related to active transportation. The City utilized the awarded funding to conduct a study in preparation for construction of a multi-use path loop through the heart of Canfield. The plan for the Canfield Loop aims to enhance internal access to civic, commercial, and green space, as well as strengthen connections to the region. The Canfield Comprehensive Plan considers the proposed loop in relation to other objectives of this plan including corridor enhancements and future land use.   Learn more on the Canfield Comprehensive Plan website.

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