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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.

Koppel Bridge Replacement

Koppel, Pennsylvania

Koppel Bridge Replacement
A historic bridge in Pennsylvania needed a new, safer structure.
  • Bridge Design
  • Construction Services
  • Environmental Planning
  • Highway Design
  • Planning
  • Public Involvement
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Utilities
  • Waterways Permitting
Located in Pennsylvania, the Koppel Bridge is a historic, 1,200-foot structure built in 1914. It was originally a privately-owned toll bridge that the state legislature purchased in 1944. Since its purchase, extensive repairs were made in 1958, 1974, and 1994.   In 2007, a similar structure—the Interstate 35 West Mississippi River Bridge in Minnesota—suddenly collapsed and fell into the Mississippi. In response to the tragedy, the Koppel Bridge was among many similar bridges inspected nationally. It was found safe for travel but in poor condition.   To correct this serious issue, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 11-0, hired ms consultants to design a new structure. The new bridge is located on state Route 351 between the town of Koppel and North Sewickley Township, stretching over two railroads and over the Beaver River in Beaver County.
The New Koppel Bridge
The new, 1,240-foot, four-span, two-lane bridge hangs approximately 100 feet above the river. In order to maintain traffic and also provide improvements to the roadway approach, the new bridge was built just downstream of the original structure. The original bridge remained in use while the new structure was built.
Project Challenges
Correcting the Vertical Alignment The profile of the existing bridge was unusual with a low point at the center. During rainstorms the scuppers would sometimes clog and the bridge would fill with water. To eliminate the severe ponding problems, the deck was replaced, shifting the low point off the bridge deck.   Girder Delivery The bridge is located in a river valley flanked by steep hillsides making construction access and material delivery into the valley difficult. One challenge involved the geometric constraints of delivering beams to the project site. The length of girder sections were restricted because of the windy roads they would be delivered to the project site on. Additionally, most sections needed to cross the existing bridge to be unloaded in order to be erected. A “Girder Delivery Analysis” was performed on the existing bridge to determine the feasibility of transporting the girder sections across without overstressing the bridge components.   Environmental Considerations Proposed stormwater runoff was managed by utilizing an infiltration basin with amended topsoil and a modified pipe underdrain with a slow release orifice on the west side of the river. Vegetative swales and rock check dams were utilized on the east side of the river.   The proposed roadway drainage system considered the challenges presented by the steep topography routing discharge away from the structures.  

BBI Logistics - New Workplace Design

Columbus, Ohio

BBI Logistics Workplace
BBI Logistics Workplace
BBI Logistics Workplace
BBI Logistics Workplace
BBI Logistics Workplace
WHEN A LOGISTICS FIRM SAW EXPONENTIAL GROWTH IN REVENUE AND EMPLOYEES, IT NEEDED A NEW OFFICE TO ACCOMMODATE ITS EXPANSION, TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE, AND TO ATTRACT TALENT.
  • Architectural Design
  • Interior Design
  • MEP Engineering
  • Construction Administration
  • Design Management
When BBI Logistics saw substantial growth in record-breaking time, the freight brokerage firm turned to ms consultants to create an employee-friendly, but competitive, work environment.   ms partnered with BBI Logistics and international real estate titan, JLL, to design and engineer an interior workplace relocation project in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The company is transitioning to 80 on the Commons, a recently constructed, mixed-use commercial and residential building at Columbus Commons.   The 18,000-square-foot tenant space within the second floor footprint serves BBI’s need for personnel acquisition and retention, providing a capacity for 200 employees and an open office work environment with panoramic views of the Columbus Commons green space and surrounding high-rise skyline.
NEW WORKPLACE DETAILS
With a blank canvas, the ms team incorporated elements that reflected BBI and its employees. Details include:   Custom poly-core paneled ceiling, featuring a perforated grid and mirrored climaver layer which reveals an illuminated cavity for both visual and acoustic performance “Campus” core plan with an interactive lounge and expanded dining area Elevated board room with a panoramic view of the 6-acre Columbus Commons green space   Integrated LED monitor wall in the lounge for employee interaction and sales goals Monitors in each collaborative space for individual private use or teaming tasks Soft benching for sit-and-go convenience at the main lobby, lounge, and meeting room Over 400 linear feet of suspended LED lighting

Railroad Bridge Rehabilitation at Ellwood Engineered Castings

Hubbard, Ohio

Railroad Bridge Rehabilitation
Railroad Bridge Rehabilitation
AN EXISTING RAILROAD BRIDGE NEEDING SIGNIFICANT REPAIRS ALSO BENEFITTED FROM FUNDING EXPERTISE.
  • Bridge Inspection
  • Grant and Funding Assistance
  • Bridge Design
  • Track Design
  • Survey
  • Floodplain Coordination
  • Regulated Materials Review
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Railroad Coordination
  • Project Administration
  • Bidding Services
  • Construction Services
Ellwood Engineered Castings (EEC), an ingot-mold manufacturing firm in Hubbard, Ohio, hired ms consultants, inc. to provide bridge inspection, funding assistance, engineering design services, and bidding and construction services, for the replacement of a 53-foot, single-track railroad bridge over Little Yankee Run.   This structure carries the industry track, which connects directly to Norfolk Southern’s main line, over Little Yankee Run, and is a crucial link to the facility’s production operations.
BRIDGE INSPECTION
To assess the condition of the existing bridge, ms consultants inspected the railroad bridge. Based on this work, the team determined that the bridge needed significant repairs to provide safe passage over the waterway.   The team concluded that replacing the bridge was the best solution based on the inspection. ms prepared an estimated construction cost of the structure’s replacement so that EEC could program the work.
GRANT AND FUNDING ASSISTANCE
To further add value and help offset costs, ms assisted in identifying grant opportunities. The team then wrote and coordinated a request to the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) for an economic development grant. They also worked diligently to help structure the funding package and kept in contact with ORDC staff over several months.   ORDC awarded EEC a $75,000 Economic Development Grant for the $500,000 railroad bridge project, with the requirement that EEC would increase their capacity, thereby adding production jobs to their facility. Due in part to the grant assistance, EEC was able to move forward in not only retaining their existing jobs and production levels but also in:   Making an additional multi-million dollar capital investment on-site. Expanding job opportunities within the Mahoning Valley area.
ENGINEERING DESIGN SERVICES
The ms consultants’ team designed the replacement railroad bridge and approaches per AREMA and Norfolk Southern requirements. Work also included borings, surveying, regulated-materials review and site investigation, and a floodplain development permit.   To avoid impacting the waterway, the new abutments were placed behind the existing stone abutments, which remained to support the earth and contain the waterway. Approach track work was minimized to control costs. ms also:   Coordinated the railroad work with Norfolk Southern. Assisted with coordinating with First Energy for the de-energizing of their overhead transmission line, required for pile installation.   The new railroad bridge spans 75 feet and is a single-track, open-deck plate-girder structure. It also has 5-foot metal grate walkways on both sides for safe passage of pedestrians.
BIDDING AND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES
ms consultants performed all bidding services, including preparing the project manual, soliciting qualified contractors, evaluating the bids, and assisting with awarding the project. The team provided construction administration and inspection services for the duration of construction.   ms takes pride in providing excellent and effective engineering and architectural design services and in creating additional value for our clients so they can invest and create job opportunities in their communities and neighborhoods.  

Mahoning County Courthouse Restoration

Youngstown, Ohio

Mahoning County Courthouse Restoration
Mahoning County Courthouse Restoration
DRIVEN BY THE NEED TO MAINTAIN THE PUBLIC’S SAFETY, SECURE THE BUILDING’S ENVELOPE AND PRESERVE THIS HISTORIC STRUCTURE, THE COMMISSIONERS NEEDED A SPECIALIZED TEAM TO COMPLETE THIS RESTORATION.
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Documents
  • Bidding Assistance
  • Construction Administration
The architectural team of ms consultants, inc., Chamber, Murphy & Burge, Barber & Hoffman, and Incorporated (TAI) Roofing Consultants were commissioned by the Mahoning County Commissioners to complete an assessment and restoration of the Mahoning County Upper Court House.   Built in the early 1900s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mahoning County Courthouse is a grand example of Renaissance Revival style architecture. At 28,825 square feet in size, the courthouse was constructed to be the most prestigious courthouse between New York and Chicago.   Notable features include: Granite and terra cotta facades Four-story rotunda Elegant marble columns Opulent glass dome Impressive rooftop copper sculpture   During its more than 100 years, the terra cotta cornice, upper facades, and rooftop balustrades had never been restored and had fallen into disrepair. Pieces of terra cotta had fallen or were at risk of falling and water leaks were persistent within the building.   Driven by the need to maintain the public’s safety, secure the building’s envelope, and preserve this historic structure, the Mahoning County Commissioners hired ms consultants, inc. and subconsultants to assess and restore the courthouse.   This team’s expertise combined the specialized architectural, historical, structural, and public contracting knowledge needed to guide the county through the design, bidding, and construction of this complex project.   Because the 108-year-old building is listed on the National Register, the team followed the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties guidelines. These guidelines encourage quality and appropriate rehabilitation. To meet the stringent standards, the team used materials and methods to match and preserve the historic integrity of the building.
ASSESSING THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE
The team observed the building’s existing conditions and documented their findings. It was determined that the building damage included: Progressive failure of terra cotta cornice and rooftop balustrades Rusting and failure of the structural steel brackets, rods, and channels supporting the terra cotta Missing terra cotta units Deterioration of steel beams supporting the granite statue pediment Shifting of the granite roof slabs capping the statue pedestal Age failure of the roof system and flashings Age failure of the copper gutter liner along the building cornice Age failure of the copper statue skin and supporting frame
RESTORATION RECOMMENDATIONS
The team advised the commissioners to restore the building’s most critical elements. The parapet and balustrade were restored by deconstructing the terra cotta components and either repairing and reinstalling or replacing with new custom units to match the original. This included replacing all steel supports embedded in the masonry walls below with new stainless steel components.   While the cornice is granite on three sides of the building, the west cornice is constructed of terra cotta and was completely reconstructed with new units. The structural steel channels embedded in the masonry walls, supporting the cornice and the associated rods and hangers, were completely replaced with stainless steel components. The granite was patched in places of need on the building’s exterior.   The roof system was completely removed and replaced with the exception of the light wells and skylights. The wide gutters built into the cornices were re-lined with new custom copper gutters and flashings.   The copper statue was restored and reinstalled on the repaired granite pediment. This included lifting and straightening the partially-collapsed copper skin, installing a new interior supporting umbrella frame and mounting structure, stripping and repairing the surface and seams, and applying a chemical patina to replicate the aged condition before restoration.   Additional work included reconstruction of the front granite stairs and installation of new handrails, cleaning the entire exterior, and updating exterior lighting to LED.
A RESTORED PIECE OF HISTORY IN MAHONING COUNTY
Upon completion, Mahoning County reclaimed an impressive and beautiful piece of historic architecture. The commissioner successfully maintained public safety while preserving a historic structure the public can enjoy for generations to come.
2019 Preservation Merit Award - Mahoning County Courthouse Statues

Ohio State Historic Preservation Office

The Big Box Divide

Various Locations

The Big Box Divide
As big box retailers are evolving and reducing footprints, building owners pave the way for smaller tenants to fill the void.
  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • 3D Scanning
  • Survey
  • Utility Coordination
  • Construction Documents
Developers and Landlords are finding themselves left with massive spaces, far too large to attract a single new tenant. The solution? Repurposing and subdividing the large space to meet smaller, individual tenant needs.   With this, building owners are faced with how to effectively and efficiently split the square footage, utilities, HVAC, usage, flexibility, and more.   That’s where ms consultants comes in. We work with the building owners from the initial building survey all the way through coordination with utility companies for multiple tenants. Our experience with nationwide commercial accounts provides a one-stop-shop for these planning and design services.
Using 3D Scanning Technology to Efficiently Understand the Space
The first step of subdividing the space is identifying the exact dimensions and leasable square footage. While some spaces may have as-built drawings available for reference, accurate record drawings are a rarity in many older shopping centers.   When drawings of the space aren’t available, our 3D scanning capabilities provide significant value. The 3D scanning process uncovers the many unknowns about the dimensions and structural system of the building.   Our 3D scanner is capable of producing a snapshot of all visible building information in just one site visit. This reduces the need for multiple site visits and provides a point cloud of data for reference throughout the entire process. The point cloud is easily transformed into a 3D Revit model, which is then used to develop as-built drawings of the space. Conveniently, the Revit model can quickly be adapted to work within the AutoCAD platform as well.
Demising the Space
After the as-built floor plan has been developed, the next step is working with the developer to demise, or partition, the space.   Through our vast portfolio of multi-unit commercial clients, ms helps identify the individual space requirements based upon the desired tenant type. For example, a coffee shop will require approximately 2,000 square feet, while a small-format grocery store will be in the 16,000-20,000 square feet range. These are two very different tenant types with their own space and layout needs.   Having both architecture and engineering disciplines in house, our team is skilled in efficiently demising the space to maximize tenant square footage, split and reuse the existing utilities, and work within the structural limits of the facility.   As tenants are identified and leases are negotiated, ms can transform the demising plan into a full set of construction documents depicting the desired shell conditions.
Splitting the Utilities
All commercial buildings require electrical, gas (where available), water, and sanitary connections from external utility companies.   Demising a big box space into several smaller tenants brings up many questions about these utilities. For example, what size electrical service does a small-format grocery store require? How will the service be metered? Is the existing service large enough to accommodate the other tenants as well? If a new service must be brought to the building, will the transformer have to be upgraded? These important utility questions must be identified upfront in order to avoid rework and added cost to the project.   At ms, we have a team of experts that know the right questions to ask and the risks to identify when splitting utilities and working with multiple tenants on behalf of a developer or landlord. We propose cost-effective solutions to reuse and repurpose when possible, and identify large ticket items upfront to mitigate unexpected and unplanned for costs.

Greendale Trail

Greendale, Indiana

Greendale Trail
TWO INDIANA COMMUNITIES WERE SEEKING ALTERNATE CONNECTIVITY FOR CYCLIST AND PEDESTRIANS, ULTIMATELY PROVIDING A SAFE, EFFICIENT, AND HEALTHY ROUTE BETWEEN ATHLETIC COMPLEXES.
  • Archaeological Investigation
  • Environmental Services
  • Grants + Funding
  • Hazardous Material
  • NEPA + Environmental Documentation
The Greendale to Lawrenceburg connector trail is the first segment of a master planned trail system that directly joins the Indiana cities via a pedestrian and bike path. It will eventually link, after additional segments are added, to greater regional trails along the Ohio River and the Indiana State Visionary Trail Plan systems.
HEALTHY AND EFFICIENT TRAVEL OPTION NEEDED
This Greendale Trail segment was prioritized because it connects two outdoor athletic complexes currently separated by an industrial park. Both Greendale and Lawrenceburg use these athletic complexes since they share a school district and have combined K-12 athletic events.   Once, only accessible by vehicle, parents and children frequently need to switch between complexes for after-school and weekend activities. The lack of alternatives made school-aged children dependent on car rides—increasing safety concerns and restricting healthier and more-efficient walking and cycling transportation options.
TRAIL FEATURES
The trail will be ADA-compliant with a majority of this segment featuring a 12-foot-wide paved asphalt path dedicated to pedestrian and cycling transportation modes. There will also be a boardwalk section for the ridge descent connecting Greendale’s residential neighborhoods to the outdoor sports complexes.    More than 10,000 Indiana residents in the City of Greendale and the City of Lawrenceburg will greatly benefit from the trail as it connects both sections in a critically-shared and prioritized area.
SECURING PROJECT FUNDING
ms aided the city in procuring an Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Regional Trails Program grant. ms wrote the grant application using gathered information and verbal input provided by the City of Greendale, as well as other resources.   ms also coordinated the gathering and application placement of additional information as provided by the City of Greendale including certification of funds, public participation backing documents and report, location map, sitemap, and photographs.
ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTATION
ms’ in-house team conducted field studies, prepared technical reports, and completed the INDOT Categorical Exclusion required to gain approval for the project. Critical path items included wetlands delineation, management of the archaeological specialists, and coordination with the INDOT district reviewers.

Dunkin' Brands

Multiple Locations

Dunkin' Brands
WITH A GOAL OF 15,000 LOCATIONS BY 2020, DUNKIN’ NEEDED A FULL-SERVICE PARTNER FOR ITS CONTINUED GROWTH.
  • Architectural Design
  • Survey
  • Site Civil Engineering
  • MEP Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Permitting Assistance
  • Construction Management
Dunkin’, formerly Dunkin’ Donuts, is multi-national coffee company and quick service restaurant owned by Dunkin’ Brands. With currently more than 11,000 locations worldwide, Dunkin’ is one of the largest coffee and baked goods chains in the world.   Working with various franchisees and Dunkin’ Brands, ms consultants provides full-service design solutions for regional Dunkin’ projects, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
FULL SERVICE SOLUTIONS
Dunkin’ projects vary from tenant improvements to major remodels.   A typical Dunkin’ project begins with an architectural and/or site survey of the project space. Upon completion of the survey, ms works with the franchisee and Dunkin’ Brands to develop a space plan for the project location. After approval of the space plan, ms consultants provides design services for the architectural, site-civil, MEP, and structural plan sheets.   In addition to design services, ms consultants has provided permitting assistance and construction management services on several Dunkin’ projects.
DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR FUEL + CONVENIENCE STORES
Some Dunkin’ locations are paired with fuel and convenience stores. These projects offer a number of unique challenges in environmental compliance, fire and life safety, and circulation and traffic.   Challenges for these Dunkin’ locations, specifically associated with the fueling islands are in addition to the overall design challenges of providing visitors a positive customer experience.
EXPEDITED REVIEW PROCESS
To fast-track its internal store planning design process, Dunkin’ has developed a vendor program identifying Expedited Review Process Approved Vendors.   As one of Dunkin’s valued partners, ms consultants was asked to become an Expedited Review Process Approved Vendor to improve the experience for its franchisees. This partnership allows franchisees to reduce the design and approval phase of their project when working with these select, trusted vendors.   By working with ms consultants, the project delivery timeframe is reduced and the process is simplified for the franchisee.

Lower Alum Creek Relief Pump Station/Force Main

DELAWARE, OHIO

Building Information Model of proposed structure
THE DELAWARE COUNTY REGIONAL SEWER DISTRICT PROACTIVELY IDENTIFIED FUTURE FLOWS EXCEEDING EXISTING CAPACITY DUE TO PROJECTED EXTENSIVE GROWTH IN THE AREA THAT WILL NEED ADDITIONAL SYSTEMS.
  • Architecture
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Planning
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Wastewater Systems Engineering
  • 3D Scanning + BIM
The Delaware Country Regional Sewer District Sanitary Sewer Master Plan identified wet-weather flows exceeding existing capacity in the Alum Creek Interceptor sewer and at the Alum Creek Pump Station. Due to extensive growth in the Delaware County area, sanitary and stormwater flows have increased causing the Alum Creek Interceptor sewer to be undersized. The Lower Alum Creek Relief Pump Station will provide additional system capacity by reducing flow through the Alum Creek Interceptor sewer.
INCREASING CAPACITY WITH A NEW PUMP STATION
The Lower Alum Creek Pump Station diverts up to 14 MGD off of the existing Alum Creek Interceptor Sewer through a diversion structure and 36-inch gravity sewer. Flows enter the station by passing through influent channel grinders to reduce the influent solids. From the wet well, flow is conveyed using up to 4 dry-pit submersible pumps through an 8,200 foot force main. The force main required a new connection to the pretreatment building. Along with the new connection structure, additional upgrades to the pretreatment building were constructed. These improvements included new influent sampling, a new odor control system, and new HVAC improvements to meet NFPA standards.   The dry-pit submersible pump station configuration with brick façade and electrical control room features: Four, vertical, dry-pit, submersible 250-horsepower pumps with variable frequency drives Influent grinders and an odor control system On-site backup generator Overhead door and hoist for pump removal Instrumentation and controls Photoionisation odor control system for the wet well   The discharge force main design includes: 8,200 feet of 24-inch force main of horizontal directional drill installation. A 14-foot-by-7-foot diversion structure to divert flow from the existing Alum Creek Interceptor to the new pump station. Replacement of an existing culvert with 80 feet of an 8-foot-by-6-foot box culvert, which runs along a hiking path in Preservation Parks. Modifications to the influent chamber at the headworks of the Alum Creek Water Reclamation Facility.
UTILIZING BIM
The Lower Alum Creek Pump Station was designed using Revit, a BIM technology, to model the proposed structure. Utilizing BIM technology, changes within the model are visible to all disciplines in real time, making conflict identification a seamless and instantaneous process. Using our Virtual Reality technology, the client was able to take a guided tour through the structure to provide live feedback throughout the design process.

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Program Management

Ohio

MWCD Program Management
Atwood Welcome Center
Tappan Lake Restroom
THE LARGEST CONSERVANCY DISTRICT IN OHIO WANTED TO ENHANCE ITS PARK VISITOR EXPERIENCE WELL INTO THE FUTURE.
  • Bid Assistance
  • Program Management
  • Project Management Consultant (PMC)
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
  • Utility Infrastructure
  • Wastewater
  • Water Resources
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) is the largest conservancy district in Ohio. The district includes the Muskingum River watershed, encompassing more than 8,000 square miles statewide. The many MWCD parks, lakes, and recreation areas serve more than 3.5 million visitors annually.   To enhance the park visitors’ experience, MWCD developed a comprehensive master plan for facility improvements and amenities at six of its parks and marinas. The park master plan was developed with stakeholder and public input and included assessing current needs and trends.   MWCD turned to ms consultants, inc. to implement the plan. As the Program Management Consultant (PMC), ms is collaborating with the MWCD staff on 300 capital projects totaling more than $200 million. ms is helping turn MWCD’s vision into reality by taking their plan through to construction completion.
PARK UPGRADES
Six MWCD parks will be receiving upgrades: Atwood Lake Park, Charles Mill Park, Piedmont Lake Marina and Campground, Pleasant Hill Lake Park, Seneca Lake Park and Marina, and Tappan Lake Park. Each park will receive upgrades that align with its theme and its park visitor needs.   Upgrades include:   Modern, full hookup RV campsites with hard surface pads Utility and infrastructure upgrades New restroom/shower houses and common areas with shelters. New children’s play areas Wi-Fi internet access New cabin neighborhoods with lake views and boat dock access Tent campsites Marina improvements Space allocation for the possible addition of water spray grounds­   All upgrades will be performed while maintaining park operations during the summer camping and boating seasons.
ABOUT THE PARKS
Each MWCD has its own theme, incorporating the location surroundings and visitor needs. The project improvements will solidify the themes at each:   Atwood Lake Park. Featuring entertainment and event venues, the park is located in Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. Charles Mill Lake Park. The park has natural, tree-lined shores, and sits in Ashland and Richland Counties. Piedmont Lake Marina and Campground. One of the state’s top fishing lakes, Piedmont is nestled in a secluded cove on the lake and is located predominantly in Belmont and Harrison Counties. Pleasant Hill Lake Park. This park is the place for active and challenging recreation. It is located in Ashland and Richland Counties. Unlimited horsepower boating is permitted on the lake. Seneca Lake Park and Marina. Focused on water recreation, visitors to Seneca can enjoy power boating, sailing, and other amenities promoting activities both on water and on land. The park sits in both Guernsey and Noble Counties. Tappan Lake Park. Tappan is located in Harrison County and capitalizes on the scenic views provided by a combination of steep terrain and long narrow valleys. It offers ridge-top or lakeside camping. Visitors enjoy the wooded hiking trails throughout the park.   Photos provided by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

Riverfront Park and Amphitheater Master Plan

Youngstown, Ohio

Aerial view of the riverfront park and amphitheater
Amphitheater entrance
View of the stage from the entrance
Seating area
TO ACHIEVE CITY GOALS, DOWNTOWN YOUNGSTOWN WANTED TO REVITALIZE THEIR RIVERFRONT BY CREATING A RIVERFRONT PARK AND AMPHITHEATER; DEVELOPING A MULTIPURPOSE COMMUNITY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER.
  • Architecture
  • Civil Design
  • Construction Administration
  • Cost Analysis
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Plumbing Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Utility and Civil Pre-Design
ms consultants, inc. was hired as a subconsultant to MKSK for architectural and engineering design services for the proposed Riverfront Park and Amphitheater Master Plan. The project site is adjacent to the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown, Ohio.   This project is part of the city’s goal of improving green space and riverfront sites within the downtown area.
Developing A Master Plan
The master plan includes sustainable infrastructure options and remediation efforts of the Wean slab. The Wean United Building, once a downtown eyesore, was demolished in 2014. The nearly 10.5 acre site was turned over to the city. This site will now be home to the Riverfront Park and Amphitheater including a connecting promenade to the nearby Covelli Centre for a complete urban entertainment experience.
Urban Entertainment Center Takes Shape
Upon completion of the master plan, the project quickly moved into the design phase. This brought great excitement to all those involved throughout the Mahoning Valley region. Once final design began to take shape, the main sponsorship was announced and the venue was officially, and proudly named The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater.   The design includes the proposed amphitheater with designated seating and lawn space for 4,500 people. The amphitheater also includes a space for winter time activities so the space can be used year round.   The amphitheater facility includes: A large concession and bathroom facility, dressed with signage for the sponsorships associated with the facility. A ticket building equipped with technology for ticket sales and a secure checkpoint. A large stage structure equipped with integral rigging points, lighting and technology attached to the back of house structures that contain offices, dressing rooms, bathrooms, and a loading area.   A paved seating area for 1,000 sits in front of the stage flanked by a VIP area on one side and landscape buffering on the other. A large beer garden sets the perimeter for the paved seating area with integral landscaping for the best views of Youngstown.   *MKSK provided all master plan renderings
2019 Beautification Award

Youngstown CityScape

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