Mill Depot, York College|
48-50 West Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603
Location: York, Pennsylvania
Design/Build: Feb 2010 Construction Period: Mar 2010 to
Total Square Feet: 29,422 Site: 6.5 acres Number of
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
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,
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.
Roofing: Carlisle SynTec Inc.
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer