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  Allegany County HRDC Cumberland Community CenterAllegany County HRDC Cumberland Community Center


Moshier Studio
201 S. Highland Avenue, #203, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

General Description

Location: Cumberland, Maryland
Date Bid: July 2008 Construction Period: Sep 2008 to Nov 2009
Total Square Feet: 20,594 Site: 0.622 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
LEED® Gold Pending
Building Size:
Basement, 1,682; first floor, 10,259; second floor, 8,653; total, 20,594 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 12’; first floor, 13’5”; second floor, 13’7”; penthouse, 12’4”; total, 39’6”.
Basic Construction Type: New/2B. Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Curtainwall, metal siding. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete, raised floor. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, glass partitions.

LEED®  Points Attempted 43 Total

Construction Team

Structural, Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: H. F. Lenz Company - 1407 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
General Contractor: Rycon Construction, Inc. - 2525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Cost Estimator: Crawford Consulting Services - 239 Highland Avenue, #100, East Pittsburgh, PA 15112

Cumberland is in the heart of Mountain Maryland, the western panhandle that extends between Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. At Cumberland, only nine miles separates the north and south borders of the state. Nestled along the Potomac River, Cumberland is an historic transportation hub, first as the western terminus of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and later as a major rail center and maintenance shop for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. As former canal towpaths and rail beds have been converted to trails, Cumberland enjoys being at the midpoint of a trail system that connects Pittsburgh to Washington DC, and has transitioned from an industrial economy to one based on recreation and tourism. South Cumberland was the home of the B&O shops and was hit hard by their exit in the 1970's. When the Allegany County HRDC was looking for a site for a new building to house their offices and community services center, the parking lots that replaced the former Virginia Avenue School provided an opportunity to contribute to the revitalization of this business district. In addition to providing access to senior and family services, HRDC wanted to set an example by building a green building, the first LEED Registered project in the western panhandle. They selected Moshier Studio of Pittsburgh to design the building with an initial goal of achieving a LEED® Silver rating. The team is now seeking a LEED Gold rating.

The 20,594-square-foot building has a senior center, with a dining room, fitness center and activity rooms, a job placement and training center and offices for Headstart and Section 8 housing on the first floor, and offices for other social services programs and administration on the second floor. The second floor also has a south-facing terrace with planters maintained by the seniors. Just over 60% of the roof is covered with a green roof, and a partial basement houses mechanical and electrical systems, including water-to-water heat pumps connected to a field of 12 closed-loop ground source wells, each 500 feet deep, that are located under the parking lot.

The exterior walls are constructed of Accelerated Building System's Steel Thermal Efficient Panels (STEP), which are prefabricated panels 4-foot wide and up to 35-feet tall consisting of steel studs cast into solid expanded polystyrene (EPS) with tongue and groove joints at each side. They are clad on the exterior with rain screen of either brick masonry or dry joint metal panels by Dri-Design over a vapor permeable air barrier.

Green features of HRDC Cumberland Community Center:
- Waterless urinals, low-flow toilets and all plumbing fixtures chosen to reduce water consumption by an estimated 48%
- Infloor radiant heating of the first floor
- Daylighting and dimming, efficient light sources, occupancy sensors, commissioning, and other reduction measures, estimated to save 13% in energy consumption
- Preservation of materials and resources - regionally extracted and manufactured products, recycled content and salvaged materials, rapidly renewable materials, FSC Certified sustainably harvested wood products
- Non-toxic paints, adhesives, carpets and composite wood products
- Reduced parking area
- Bike racks and showers

Product Information
Building Envelope: SYNTHEON Inc. (Accelerated Building Technologies); Dri-Design
Entrances & Storefronts: Tubelite
Windows: Graham
Daylighting: Naturalite
Interior Doors: Mohawk, WonDoor
Membrane Roofing: Firestone
Green Roofing: Green Grid
Drywall: United States Gypsum
Interior Structural Steel Framing System: Clark Western
Acoustical: Armstrong
Paint: Sherwin Williams Flooring: Forbo, Shaw
Operable Partition: Modernfold
Elevators: ThyssenKrupp

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