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  Winton Woods Campground Office and Retail Building

Winton Woods Campground Office and Retail BuildingGeneral Contractor

DER Development Company, LLC
750 US Highway 50, Milford, OH 45150


McGill, Smith, Punshon
3700 Park 42nd Drive, #190B, Cincinnati, OH 45241

General Description

Cincinnati, Ohio
Date Bid:
May 2008 Construction Period: June 2008 to Nov 2008
Total Square Feet: 2,300 Site: .25 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 2,300; total, 2,300 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 21’; total, 21’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, pier & grade beam.
Exterior Walls: Fiber cement board siding, curtainwall. Roof: Reflective. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall.

The intent on this building was to be a practice round for the Hamilton County Park District (Ohio) at building green. They decided to take a shot at environmentally conscious design by targeting green products, design, management and intent to better understand the thought process that goes into a LEED-certified building. Park planners engaged Dan Montgomery (AIA, LEED(R)) of McGill Smith Punshon Architects in the design and drawing of the building. This was to be the monument that welcomed their campers into the Winton Woods Campground, providing them a place to check in, gear up and use as a resource during their camping experience. Todd Palmeter, Park Planner and Tim Hendrixson, PE, Park Engineer were the park planners tapped to manage this project and were involved from the beginning in working with Dan Montgomery on the design. Todd, a landscape architect, and Tim, a civil engineer, both influenced the selection of many of the green finish products as well as worked to design parts of the project that synergized with their competencies.

Green products that were used range from cement board siding, solar-reflecting roofing, green certified lumber, cast stone veneer, geothermal HVAC, waterless urinals, energy-efficient lighting fixtures, and natural lighting just to name a few. The building oriented itself to face the western exposure with a large Low-E curtain wall to a gather up all the sunlight possible for natural lighting. Additionally, there was a construction waste management plan in effect on site. This meant that all construction materials were to be separated according to pure waste, recyclable materials, renewable materials, or reusable materials. All products shipped to site were requested to be shipped using as little paper, cardboard, plastic, etc. as possible so as to minimize waste. Approximately twenty cubic yards of actual non-renewable waste was created on the job a very minimal amount. Prime contractors were required to submit estimates on their proposed waste and recyclables, as well as submit records of their actual numbers at the end of the project. Estimates were beaten across the board.

Altogether the project was completed successfully, on time, and to the owner's great satisfaction. It was amazing to see a building comprised of lumber, structural steel, fiber cement siding, masonry, and glass go up with the intent on short-term paybacks on utilities and overall low-impact on the environment. Everyone involved felt that it was sending the right message in a place where the great outdoors are a priority.


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