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  Page 58 July August 2001 IssueOhio & Erie Canal Reservation Leonard Krieger Canal/Way Center
Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens 
1220 West Sixth Street, The Bradley Building, Cleveland, OH 44113

Cleveland, Ohio
Total Square Feet: 10,622
Construction Period: Nov 1998 to July 1999

Construction Team
General Contractor: Standard Contracting - 6356 Eastland Rd., Brookpark, OH 44142
Structural Engineer: Thorson Baker & Assoc. - 3030 West Streetsboro Rd., Richfield, OH 44286
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Timothy J. Norris & Assoc. - 23823 Lorain Rd., #220, North Olmsted, OH 44070
Landscape Architect: Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens - 1220 West Sixth St., The Bradley Building, Cleveland, OH 44113
Cost Estimator: Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens - 1220 West Sixth St., The Bradley Building, Cleveland, OH 44113

The Leonard Krieger CanalWay Visitor's Center is the centerpiece of a new metropolitan park on approximately 400 acres of reclaimed land along the Ohio and Erie Canal in Cleveland, Ohio. The park master plan and the visitor center design were developed to support the park system's objective to tell stories of "People at Work", "Nature at Work" and "Systems at Work." 

This project is a true collaborative community-built effort that serves the Northeast Ohio region and provides an urban cultural place that celebrates industry and the natural environment of the Cuyahoga River Valley as one. The architectural design on the Visitor Center reflects the steel industry's large warehouses and mills that are located in the river valley. The exterior materials and interior timber construction are modern interpretations of systems common in the area since the 19th century.

As the lead consultants for master planning, architecture and landscape architecture throughout implementation of the design phase, Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens was responsible for developing a collaborative team for the site selection, site planning, facility design, and landscape architectural and interpretive plans for the Reservation.

This team melded local and national expertise in park planning, public participation, interpretive strategies, environmental analysis, marketing and economic planning with specific project experience in heritage areas, industrial interpretation, and ecological restoration.

The Reservation and CanalWay Center are unique to Cleveland and the nation in that this project is one of the first parks of its kind to be placed in the midst of the Northeast's industrial heartland. While most parks are seen as a refuge from the daily hustle and bustle of urban life, the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation provides an urban cultural park that celebrates the union of the industrial character and natural environment of the Cuyahoga River Valley.

The facility's main attraction is a 2,144-square-foot exhibit area featuring three interactive exhibits that explore the three themes that are carried throughout the park. In addition to the exhibits, this area houses a visitor information counter, ranger/first-aid station, restrooms with indoor and outdoor access, drinking fountains, telephones and a gift/nature shop.

Adjacent to the exhibit hall there is a 560-square-foot space with theater-style seating. This space is used for informational videos on the area that run throughout the day and a 2,016-square-foot multi-purpose room used to accommodate groups visiting and using the facility for educational programs, training and events. Additional areas include a catering kitchen and administrative offices.

The collaboration on this project during design and planning brought several cities, industrial agencies, environmentalists, and naturalists together with the public. The result is a building and a park that provide a place for people to learn and visualize the history, heritage and significance of the region.

Exterior Walls - Aluminum Storefronts: Amarlite; Wood & Plastic Windows: Marvin Windows; Paint: Sherwin Williams.
Roof - Metal: Berridge.
Floors - Carpet: Masland; Tile: Dal Tile; Resilient Flooring: Armstrong.
Interior Walls - Gypsum Board: United States Gypsum; Toilet & Bath Accessories: Bobrick.

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