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  Kings Mill Depot, York CollegeKings Mill Depot, York College


Cornerstone Design-Architects
48-50 West Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603

General Description

Location: York, Pennsylvania
Design/Build: Feb 2010 Construction Period: Mar 2010 to Mar 2011
Total Square Feet: 29,422 Site: 6.5 acres Number of Buildings: One
Building Size: First floor, 29,422; total, 29,422 square feet.
Building Height: Variable, highest point 25’ 10 ˝”.
Basic Construction Type: IIIB/Retrofit.
Foundation: Existing. Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Providence Engineering Corporation - 117 S. West End Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Wohlsen Construction Company - 548 Steel Way, Lancaster, PA 17604
Mechanical Engineer: Worden & Shewell - 730 Ridge Avenue, York, PA 17403
Electrical Engineer: John E. Fullerton, Inc. Electrical Contractors - 1380 Mount Gretna Road, Elizabethtown, PA 17022

In an effort to combine various campus operations into one facility, York College of Pennsylvania purchased land on the north end of their campus. Part of this acquisition was the original Smurfit-Stone warehouse building. This dilapidated building had been vacant for years with holes in the roof, deteriorating brick, and was in dire need of extensive repair. There had also been a previous fire damaging a portion of the building. Nevertheless, the Owner and design team including Cornerstone Design-Architects saw the potential repositioning of the building for the campus' maintenance and grounds, printing and mail services, and incubator business development area.

The building includes a four-bay garage for the maintenance and grounds staff. This allows for the storage and repair of campus vehicles and also includes a wash bay. There are also storage areas for small to large parts on the main floor and an added storage mezzanine. The printing and mail services area includes open space for the incorporation of two (2) large high-production printers. In addition, there is storage for their finished products in a separate area. The incubator business development area includes office area and open lease space for businesses. One lease space has already been occupied and is working with York College to develop the skills of college students. Part of the design is a shared training room with full audio/visual technologies. Due to the complexity of the site and the fact that the east side of the building is directly adjacent to the Tyler Run Creek that runs through the College's property, a pedestrian bridge was added from the east parking lot into the building. This was a complex endeavor that required special permitting.

During the course of construction multiple timber beams and roof framing elements needed to be replaced due to water damage over the previous years. The entire existing concrete slab was removed and replaced with a new level concrete slab. An original feature of the existing building was an elevated platform that previously adjoined the adjacent railroad. This platform would hold delivered materials until the Smurfit-Stone staff would bring the materials into the building and down an existing elevator. Due to the age and deterioration of this platform, it was removed from the building. The original railroad remains, but is not in use. This area is now part of the York County Heritage Rail Trail County Park. This allowed for additional outside storage for the maintenance and grounds staff. The only addition to the building was a truck dock. This was added to the south side of the building to allow trucks to deliver materials to the building.

While this project was not in pursuit of LEED(R) certification, it is very green and sustainable by taking an old building and breathing new life into it. Overall the project is a success and is serving the College's needs. The incubator business development area is achieving success and helping college students receive hands-on experience in the real working environment.

Product Information
Roofing: Carlisle SynTec Inc.
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Armstrong
Lighting: Lithonia
Daylighting/Skylights: Velux

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