Crook Ranger Station|
A&E Architects, P.C.
608 North 29th Street, Billings, MT 59101
222 North Higgins, Missoula, MT 59802
345 Industrial Drive, Spearfish, SD 57783
Location: Camp Crook, South Dakota
Date Bid: Apr 2010 Construction Period: June 2010 to Dec
Total Square Feet: 4,880 Site: .8 acre. Number of
Building Sizes: First floor, 4,880; total, 4,880 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; total, 14’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel with infill framed walls.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Steel stud
infill on metal building package. Roof: Metal. Floors:
Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Beaudette Consulting Engineers - 131 W. Main
Street, Missoula, MT 59802
Mechanical, Electrical & Civil Engineer: Morrison-Maierle, Inc. -
2880 Technology Boulevard W., Bozeman, MT 59718
Landscape Architect: Kent Watson & Associates - 210 N. Higgins
Avenue, Missoula, MT 59802
System Furnishings: Insite, Inc. - 631 Park Lane, Billings, MT
Geotechnical: Tetra Tech, Inc. - 2525 Palmer Street, #2, Missoula, MT
The Camp Crook Administrative Site is located in the remote area of the
Sioux Ranger District in the far NW corner of South Dakota. The Forest
Service has been a part of this community for over 100 years, dating
back to the days of the Sioux National Forest.
In August 2009, the Recovery Act provided an opportunity to put 20 to 25
people to work constructing an entirely new Forest Service office in
Camp Crook. The fully accessible, energy efficient new office is
approximately 5,000 square feet, providing much needed space and
accommodating increased technological needs.
The existing office building, originally built in 1935, lacked necessary
insulation and had inefficient windows and building systems to withstand
the extreme climate variations of 114F to -57F and a seasonal influx of
additional staff. Additionally, the topography was extremely flat which
provided challenges to effectively grade and drain the site to prevent
flooding. Over the course of 75 years and multiple additions, the
building showed signs of deterioration and did not meet current health
and safety standards. The facility had an inefficient / improperly zoned
residential-style mechanical system and inefficient lighting that
provided poor light quality.
Due to the remote location of the site and the desire to conserve
natural resources, a major goal of the project was to reduce the amount
of long term maintenance needed for upkeep. Utilizing solar studies and
energy modeling, passive solar design elements were incorporated into
the pre-engineered metal office building. The office is now “super”
insulated to keep the building cool in the warmer months and warm in the
cooler months. High efficiency condensing gas furnaces with air-source
heat pump boast an integrated energy recovery ventilator, demand
controlled ventilation with CO2 sensor control, full-modulation fan
speed control and multiple stage cooling have replaced the inefficient
mechanical system. Annual utility expenses have been significantly
reduced through the efficiency and durability of the pre-engineered
metal office building.
Eliminating basements in the existing office, along with proper site
drainage, has reduced the possibility of flooding which had plagued the
facility in the past as well as providing better air quality by
eliminating the damp conditions that previously existed.
Overhangs, a light shade / shelf, glazing, and interior windows allow
natural light to penetrate the otherwise dark rooms. The office has an
open layout with flexible modular furniture and abundant natural light,
all adding to staff satisfaction and productivity.
The exterior aesthetic exceeds the Forest Service Built Environment
Image Guide and the character of the lower roofs and steel allow the
building to blend in with the surrounding environment. The facility has
been well received by the community and has provided a place for local
groups such as the local
4-H club, EMT club and daycare board to hold meetings and events.
The design solution has exceeded the Owner’s expectations by meeting
project goals, providing significant energy savings, decreasing long
term maintenance needs and improving staff productivity.
Metal Panels: Centria Architectural Systems
Metal Panels & Roofing: Centria PVC Membrane Roofing:
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts, Skylights: Kawneer
Georgia Pacific Flooring: Armstrong
Lighting: Lithonia, Peerless