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  Jacobsburg Environmental Education CenterJacobsburg Environmental Education Center


Eyerman, Csala, Hapeman & Handman
900 Rutter Avenue, Box 14
Forty Fort, PA 18704

General Description

Location: Bushkill Township, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: May 2012 Construction Period: Sept 2012 to Nov 2013
Total Square Feet: 9,275 Site: N/A
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 5,340; second floor, 3,935; total 9,275 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 12’; second floor, varies; total, 39’ 4”.
Basic Construction Type: New
Foundation: Cast-in-place, CMU, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall. Roof: Fiberglass shingles, slate, green/living. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural, Civil, MEP Engineer: Greenman Pedersen, Inc. - 50 Glenmaura National Boulevard, #102, Scranton, PA 18505
HVAC Contractor: Master Mechanical Corp. - 3 Banks Avenue, McAdoo, PA 18237
Electrical Contractor: Urban Electrical Contractors, Inc. - Box 4389 RR 4, Moscow, PA 18444
Plumbing Contractor: Vision Mechanical, Inc. - 135 Juniata Street, West Reading, PA 19611
General Contractor: Lobar Construction Services, Inc. - P.O. Box 50, Dillsburg, PA 17019
LEED Consultant: Avery Gretton, AIA LEED AP - 1730 Sutton Road, Shavertown, PA 18708

At a former state park, recently renamed as one of the Pennsylvania's 4 Environmental Centers, this facility is to be the first new public facility constructed, replacing offices located in a vintage 1975 bi-level residence. In addition to the usual administrative offices, of primary importance to the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources (PA DCNR) program, is a multi-purpose Outreach Education Room divisible into two spaces. Rest room facilities are to be accessible 24 hours a day. PA DCNR requires that a LEED Silver Certificate be obtained as a design minimum.

The JEEC's master plan had previously selected the site for this facility along the base of a roughly north-south wooded escarpment, with views east to an existing trail, pasture and across Belfast Road, to the three historic Henry's Forge buildings. Just east of Henry's Forge, on the other side of Bushkill Creek, are "tailings" of a former slate quarry.

The solar window of the given site was not great, due to the escarpment's height along the west side of the site. The Public Reception Area, Outreach Education Room (which requires no windows) and building support spaces occupy the lower level. The upper level, with the Center's Administrative Offices has views west into the base of the escarpment and east into the interior street. A 2-story skylight tops the interior street.

The interior street featuring exposed glu-lam columns and beams is flooded with natural light from the 8- x 8-foot skylights and east facing dormer windows. The east facade is pitched back at 11.25 degrees to form a slate clad structural insulated paneled mansard roof/wall. The single story Rest Room facilities are perpendicular to the interior street and topped with 3 skylights and an extensive living roof.

The building is anchored to its site with native local building stone (matching the three historic Henry's Forge Buildings) clad concrete piers that support the Black Pennsylvania Slate Mansard. Pennsylvania Slate is also used as interior and exterior windows sills and stools. A Geo-thermal HVAC System contributes to the anticipated LEED Gold Certificate.

Product Information
Building Envelope: The Murus Company, James Hardie, Fry Reglet
Roofing: GAF, Evergreen Slate Co., ATAS   Windows: Pella
Flooring: Forbo, Interface, Crossville, Terra Green Ceramics Inc.
Doors: Malman, Pella  Elevator: Thyssen Krupp
Daylight/Skylights: CPI International Plumbing Fixtures: Kohler

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