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HomeGoods Distribution Center

Lordstown, Ohio

HomeGoods Distribution Center
After a longtime automotive plant closed its doors, HomeGoods saw an opportunity and needed a partner to prepare the site for new development.
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • Survey
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Water/Wastewater
  • Roadway Services
  • Traffic Impact Study
An opportunity for development arose when an automotive plant closed its doors after more than 50 years in Lordstown, Ohio. Upon seeing this opportunity in northeast Ohio, HomeGoods, a subsidiary of TJX Companies, was inspired to build a new commercial distribution center in the city. TJX and HomeGoods collectively invested approximately $160 million in land, facilities, and equipment on a new distribution center. Located near the Ohio turnpike interchange, this new distribution center is at a prime location to support HomeGoods regional stores.
Preparing the Site for Development
HomeGoods hired ms consultants, inc. for site civil, surveying, environmental permitting, water and sewer, and roadway services for the design of the site. The site includes a 1.2-million-square-foot distribution center building with parking to accommodate 1,000 trucks and over 500 employees.   Additionally, ms coordinated with the HomeGood’s architect on the distribution building footprint, site routing, parking, and utility connections. Should HomeGoods wish to grow, the site civil team also developed plans for a potential future expansion.
Infrastructure Development
To better understand the site and plan infrastructure needs, the ms team augmented aerial mapping from a subconsultant with conventional field surveying. Throughout this process, the ms team located and verified observable utilities, which were comprised of drive pipes, storm and sanitary structures, utility poles, utility markers, and valves. To obtain the location plans of public and private utilities, the team contacted the Ohio Utility Protection Service.   New water and sewer lines were necessary due to the existing infrastructure being undersized and needing to be rerouted. Therefore, the team designed an approximately 7,000-foot, new sewer line, which serves a mobile home park close to the site. ms also designed a 3,500-foot, water-main extension.   Although, the new water main was able to provide potable water to the facility, the fire demand was simply too much for Lordstown’s system to handle. The ms design team was able to resolve this issue by using the onsite stormwater detention ponds and an adjacent intake structure to back feed the building’s fire suppression system.
Protecting the Environment
Protecting the surrounding environment was an important component for the HomeGoods distribution center and the ms team. The ms team studied the 300-acre development site for environmental approvals. Items identified include:   Several thousand feet of jurisdictional streams About 20 acres of wetlands Large areas of potential endangered species habitat   Knowledge of the environmental approvals process is key and the ms team was here to help. The streams and wetlands were evaluated using U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) protocols. Then, study findings were compiled in a Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Report suitable for a Jurisdictional Determination.   The permitting team assisted HomeGoods site designers with avoiding or minimizing impacts to any of the regulated resources. The preferred layout of the HomeGoods distribution site has minimal impact on the regulated streams and wetlands.
Managing an Increase in Traffic
The addition of the new HomeGoods distribution center created an increase in traffic with an influx of employees and distribution routes. Due to the additional traffic, ms performed a traffic impact study to minimize local disruptions. The team summarized the findings in a report and recommended the addition of:   Three new driveways – two for employees and one for trucks Two signalized intersections Various left-and-right-turn lanes at the site’s egress and ingress   The design included relocation of one of the roads and development of roadway plans that consisted of 12- foot travel lanes, shoulders and roadside ditches, a drainage system, and a culvert.   Additionally, the ms team created maintenance of traffic, traffic control, and traffic signal plans.

Pulte Homes: Residential Land Development

Ohio

Pulte Homes: Residential Land Development
Pulte Homes: Residential Land Development
As housing needs continue to grow in Central Ohio, one of America's largest home builders needed a partner to prepare multiple residential developments.
  • Land Development
  • Topographic Survey
  • Boundary Survey
  • ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey
  • Traffic Impact Study
  • Zoning
  • Site Civil Construction Documents
  • Wetland + Stream Delineation
  • Endangered Species Study
Pulte Homes is a residential home construction company with homes located across the country. It’s one of the various brands of PulteGroup, one of the largest home construction companies in the United States.   As housing needs continue to increase in the growing central Ohio region, Pulte Homes partnered with ms consultants to meet the continued demands for multiple residential developments.
SLATE RIDGE SITE DEVELOPMENT
Pulte Homes enlisted ms consultants to assist with the development of its 100-acre site along Home Road in Orange Township, Ohio. The site, located just north of Columbus, is split into two sections including single-family residential and senior-living condominiums.   To begin the project, ms consultants conducted a detailed onsite wetland and stream delineation investigation. Following the investigation, ms worked with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) and the Ohio EPA (OEPA) to address the site impacts and mitigation efforts required. These efforts include a detailed endangered species study to address tree clearing in compliance with U.S. Fish and Wildlife regulations.   Additionally, the ms team is providing full site civil construction documents for the single and multi-family residential development. These documents include, stormwater detention systems, private roadways, public water distribution, and sanitary sewer collection systems. ms consultants is also handling the site grading efforts and developing a cut/fill balance prior to construction.   Coordination between Delaware County Engineer, Delaware County Regional Sewer District, DLZ, HDR, and the adjacent property owners for easement access has been key for project development to provide site access and address current expansion of I-71. Site access to the condominium section of this residential development is via a public road extension. This road extension is currently being designed and installed and will be critical for construction.   The ms team has worked closely with Delaware County to coordinate the drive connection, stormwater detention, and landscape screening along the shared property lines.
EAGLE CREEK SITE DEVELOPMENT
Eagle Creek is a new housing development located in Delaware County, Ohio. This 85-acre property will include 483 residential lots and is led by Pulte Homes and Dove Field Partners.   The initial scope of services included topographic survey, preparation of a traffic impact study, and submission of the preliminary zoning application.   Currently, there are multiple elements of the project taking place. The design team is developing a 3,000 linear foot sanitary main extension with Dove Field Partners. Also, ms team is working with Pulte to provide full site civil construction documents for the residential development including, stormwater detention systems, private roadways, public water distribution, and sanitary sewer collection systems.   ms consultants is also handling the site grading efforts and developing a cut/fill balance prior to construction.   Throughout the project, ms consultants continues to coordinate closely with the Delaware County Engineer, Delaware County Regional Sewer District, Del-Co Water, the Village of Sunbury, and the Ohio EPA (OEPA). This coordination helps prevent schedule delays during the final permitting process. Reducing schedule delays is a key component in residential land development.   Once in construction, the ms survey team will provide layout staking for the development and set pins on 198 lots.  

FIFTH AVENUE SAFETY UPGRADE AND REHABILITATION

Youngstown, Ohio

Fifth Avenue Rehabilitation
CHANGES IN DOWNTOWN YOUNGSTOWN CREATED A NEED FOR MORE PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY SPACES ALONG A CENTRAL CORRIDOR.
  • Roadway Design
  • Grants + Funding
  • Waterline Replacement
  • Survey
  • Utility Coordination
  • Drainage
Fifth Avenue, a central corridor through downtown Youngstown, Ohio, connects major destinations from Mercy Health Center to Youngstown State University (YSU) to the business district. Previously, Fifth Avenue’s infrastructure was developed for a vehicle-centric city with different transit needs than the Youngstown of today. In recent years, Fifth Avenue has seen a significant decrease in vehicle traffic, which led to this six-lane road being a great candidate for a “road diet.”   A road diet is just another phrase used to describe a lane reduction. This technique removes travel lanes and uses the spaces for other uses and travel modes. Incorporating this process translates into improving safety for a pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment.
A SMART2 PROJECT
ms consultants kicked off the project with a campus-wide pedestrian safety and mobility study at YSU. Following the study, the ms team partnered with AECOM to develop the infrastructure prioritization plan. The plan and subsequent funding resulted in the project being dubbed a SMART2 project.   SMART2 stands for strategic and sustainable, medical and manufacturing, academic and arts, residential and recreational, and technology and training. Additionally, SMART2-designated projects have goals to improve safety, enhance mobility, and integrate technology.   The Fifth Avenue road diet reduced the number of lanes to one through lane in each direction and turn lanes in intersections. The through lanes will also be shared with bicyclists and are indicated through pavement markings. The remainder of the existing lanes were repurposed to increase pedestrian safety and enhance the overall aesthetic. Additionally, bus pull-off lanes and a 10-foot, shared-use path were added.   The award-winning Fifth Avenue project became phase 1 of the SMART2 enhancements project. SMART2 projects create a modern and multimodal system that is responsive and adaptive to current and future times. Fifth Avenue set the design parameters for the remainder of these enhancements, including six other street designs for downtown Youngstown. Phase 1 was completed in November of 2021.
GRANT AND FUNDING ASSISTANCE
Project funding was sought after by all project partners for the Fifth Avenue rehabilitation and safety upgrades.   Thanks to a successful U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) grant application, the project received a $10.85 million BUILD Grant. The application was centered on improving transportation connections in the downtown Youngstown area.   This $27.6 million dollar project was funding through the BUILD Grant, committed federal funds, a non-federal match, and locally committed funds. An investment in downtown Youngstown and keeping its pedestrians safe.
Photo credit: AECOM
2022 OUTSTANDING HIGHWAY PROJECT AWARD

American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Cuyahoga Valley Section

Sand Run Parkway Improvements

Summit County, Ohio

Sand Run Parkway Improvements
Sand Run Parkway Improvements
Summit County Metro Parks needed trail, channel, and bridge improvements at several locations along the unnamed Sand Run Tributary and Sand Run Parkway Trail.
  • Shared-Use Path
  • Bicycle Facilities + Enhancement Design
  • Non-Complex Roadway Design
  • Level 1 Bridge Design
  • Geotechnical Engineering Services
  • Ecological Survey
The improvements included design of a soldier pile retaining wall with the realignment of the hiking trail, replacement of two deteriorated steel-truss bridges with prefabricated timber bridges, replacement of a third bridge with a prefabricated three-sided concrete culvert with modular block wall and stream stabilization to replace fallen gabion baskets, trail relocation, and other trail improvements.   Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling were conducted for Sand Run and Sand Run Tributary for both the existing conditions and the proposed conditions. The proposed conditions model included improving the channel, adding two bridges that were to be replaced to an existing model provided by Summit County Metro Parks, removing a third pedestrian bridge and replacing it with a 3-sided culvert with modular block walls and relocating the trail, and adding a soldier pile and lagging wall with a relocated trail at various locations along a tributary to Sand Run.   The ms team performed a field survey and geotechnical borings. The topographic survey included channel sections within the study limits, along with structural data for the crossings. Scour protection was also designed to mitigate the erosion potential from the high velocities through the study area due to the slope of the channel bottom. The multidiscipline services for this project included surveying and mapping, geotechnical engineering, trail and drainage design, structural engineering, water resources, and construction services.   The project was constructed in phases due to funding constraints, with the glulam timber bridges being the first projects let and constructed by Metro Parks forces. ms consultants assisted in the preparation of the bid documents and reviewed the shop drawings provided by the fabricator. Culvert #41, the modular block wall, the third bridge removal, and associated stream stabilization were part of the second construction project. This project was constructed by HM Miller, and ms assisted in the preparation of the bid documents, performed shop drawing and submittal reviews, and construction inspection for the culvert foundations and precast segment installations.   The final project was the trail realignment at Site #1, including a new soldier pile wall, embankment, trail reconstruction, slope protection, and guardrail and railing installations. This phase of the project also included other stream stabilization improvements performed by another consultant, which were bid concurrently. This project is being constructed by Cavanaugh. Again, ms assisted in the preparation of bid documents, performed shop drawing and contractor submittal reviews, as well as construction inspection for the wall installation.

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.

Cederquist Park Trail

Ashtabula County, Ohio

Cederquist Park Trail
Design a trail in the floodplain of a scenic Ohio river, through high-quality forested wetlands, avoiding tree removal, and minimizing impacts to the site.
  • Shared-Use Path
  • Bicycle Facilities & Enhancement Design
  • Non-Complex Roadway Design
  • Geotechnical Engineering Services
  • Ecological Surveys
  • Waterway Permits
  • Cost Estimates
  • Bidding Assistance
The ms environmental team worked closely with our survey and trail design team to prepare construction plans, specifications, and bidding materials for this new 2,500-foot long hard surface trail within the Cederquist portion of Indian Trails Park in Ashtabula County. The Ashtabula Township Park Commission obtained private funding for this project which provides easy access to the site of the Ashtabula Railroad bridge disaster and a waterfall.   Because the trail is located in the floodplain of the Ashtabula River, an Ohio Scenic River, and through high-quality forested wetlands, the design had to avoid tree removal and utilize previously disturbed areas as much as possible. ms’ survey team worked with our environmental specialists to identify and avoid mature trees and wetland areas. Our design team developed trail cross-sections that minimized grading while providing a 10-foot wide asphalt trail on an aggregate base.   Our environmental team prepared a Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Report and worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers to confirm that the project could minimize impacts and the need for wetland mitigation. The ms team also assisted the Commission by preparing a cost estimate, the project’s “bid book,” and other contract specifications.

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