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  Camp Crook Ranger StationCamp Crook Ranger Station


A&E Architects, P.C.
608 North 29th Street, Billings, MT 59101
222 North Higgins, Missoula, MT 59802

General Contractor

Ainsworth-Benning Construction
345 Industrial Drive, Spearfish, SD 57783

General Description

Location: Camp Crook, South Dakota
Date Bid: Apr 2010 Construction Period: June 2010 to Dec 2010
Total Square Feet: 4,880 Site: .8 acre. Number of Buildings: One.
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.

Project Team

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 59102
Geotechnical: Tetra Tech, Inc. - 2525 Palmer Street, #2, Missoula, MT 59808

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.

Product Information
Metal Panels: Centria Architectural Systems
Metal Panels & Roofing: Centria  PVC Membrane Roofing: Johns Manville
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts, Skylights: Kawneer
Gypsum: Georgia Pacific  Flooring: Armstrong  Lighting: Lithonia, Peerless

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