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  Bicentennial ParkBicentennial Park


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

General Description

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date Bid: June 2010
Construction Period: Aug 2010 to Feb 2012
Total Square Feet: 4,050 Site: 34 acres.
Number of Buildings: 4
Building Size: Garage, 750; first floor, 3,300; total, 4,050 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 20’9”; first floor, 16’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU. Roof: Asphalt shingles, metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall, interior cedar slat walls.

Construction Team

Architect: JMA Consultants - 4357 Harrison Avenue, #100, Cincinnati, OH 45211
Architect: GCB Architects - 3732 Lovell Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45211
Structural Engineer: JMA Consultants - 4357 Harrison Avenue, #100, Cincinnati, OH 45211
Landscape Architect: Vivian Liambi & Associates - 2312 Park Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206

When Green Township found themselves gifted with a prime piece of real estate and grant money to work with it, it was a dream come true. It all started when a local family donated their historic family home and over 30 acres abutting one of the largest public parks inside a city's limits, Mt. Airy Forest.

That was the beginning of Bicentennial Park, also known as Diehl Road Park. The house was to be restored and used to host parties and events, while the park was to provide hiking trails, baseball fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, all while maintaining a green aspect to the whole site. Green Township Trustees approached JMA Consultants, Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio, to plan, design, and oversee the park construction. DER Development Company of Milford, Ohio, was selected to perform phases 4, 5, and 6 which consisted of permitting, construction of the new park buildings, grading, concrete walks, playgrounds, baseball fields, selective clearing, irrigation, landscaping, rain gardens, seeding and sod, miscellaneous asphalt paving, site furnishings, and more. The Township approached the project knowing that once they had their master plan ready, they would continue to monitor, adjust, and enhance the details as the project progressed. This required an equally agile design team and contractor.

As you enter the park drive you will see the rolling contours of the site, which is a common feature in this part of Cincinnati. The baseball fields are perched atop a large knob in the middle of the park, with the south, east and west borders of the park falling into wooded creek hollows. As you approach these wooded areas you will find the park shelter building, restroom buildings, playgrounds, and entrances to the mulched hiking trails and paved walking trails that traverse the park. Cedar Forest Products manufactured the pre-engineered shelter building, multi-sided restrooms, and baseball dugouts. The baseball fields are at the center of the site and are surrounded on all sides by black vinyl-coated chain link fencing, backstops, and 43 feet-tall protective netting along the parking lots.

The historic Unnewehr house is perched on the hill that makes up the northwest corner of the park. Around the house are stamped and stained concrete and brick paver patios, as well as a time capsule to commemorate the park. The baseball fields, trees, and landscape areas are all irrigated to protect the Township's gift and keep everything green. In addition to the implementation of green practices such as pervious concrete pavement, rain gardens, bio-retention areas, extensive native landscaping, and other progressive storm water management practices, the Township also chose to eradicate over 25 acres of invasive honeysuckle that were choking much of the native undergrowth in the wooded areas.

Members of the community were dying to get in and enjoy the park several months before it ever opened to the public. The Green Township community has found itself with a park that it can not only enjoy, but be proud of for generations.

Product Information
Exteriors: Cedar Forest Products, Eldorado Stone Veneer
Roofing: Owens Corning, Berridge Manufacturing Company
Lighting: Lithonia
Daylighting/Skylights: Solatube

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