DER Development Company, LLC
750 US Highway 50, Milford, OH 45150
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
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.
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall, interior cedar slat walls.
Architect: JMA Consultants - 4357 Harrison Avenue, #100,
Cincinnati, OH 45211
Architect: GCB Architects - 3732 Lovell Avenue, Cincinnati, OH
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
Exteriors: Cedar Forest Products, Eldorado Stone Veneer
Roofing: Owens Corning, Berridge Manufacturing Company