Lights Council Center For Scouting|
Foss Architecture & Interiors, Ltd.
810 First Avenue, N., Fargo, ND 58102
Fargo, North Dakota
Date Bid: June 2011 Construction Period: Aug 2011 to Oct
Total Square Feet: 20,466 Site: 5.4 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Basement, 5,016; first floor, 15,450; total,
20,466 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 11’; first floor, varies; total, 29’.
Basic Construction Type: New/IBC Type V-B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, fiber cement board. Roof: Asphalt
shingles. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood stud
Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Ulteig Engineers -
3350 38th Avenue, S., Fargo, ND 58103
General Contractor: Smithco, Inc. - 2501 13th Avenue, S.W.,
Fargo, ND 58103
The Northern Lights Council of the Boy Scouts of America desired a
welcoming, environmentally friendly, and centralized regional
headquarters that was a "magnet" destination to serve 15,000 youths and
4,000 leadership volunteers covering all of North Dakota, parts of
Montana, South Dakota and northwest Minnesota. It was to be easily
accessible and open to the community for a range of events. As a result,
the Center for Scouting provides 8,000 square feet of office space,
4,500 square feet of conference/training center space, and 2,500 square
feet of retail. The retail scout store, run by Boy Scouts of America,
sells scouting uniforms, camping gear and supplies.
A central spine creates a presence on the street corner, provides a
connection through the building from the main entry to the outdoor
plaza, and separates the public spaces from private. The spine is
flanked with clerestory windows, imagery of scouting activities, glulam
wood beams & columns, and stained glass emblems designed by a local
artist. The Twelve Points of the Scout Law are engraved in the spine's
wood beams and are also continued to the outdoors where twelve stone
piers are backlit around a flag plaza used for Courts of Honor and other
scouting ceremonies. A natural stone amphitheater and fire pit,
surrounded by trees and native vegetation, provide the Scouts an outdoor
experience right in the city.
The new building consists of Type V-B wood-framed construction. To mimic
the vernacular buildings typically found in scouting camps and state
parks, the Center for Scouting's primary exterior materials are board &
batten siding and natural stone veneer. These materials are carried
inside along with warm glulam wood beams and natural finishes.
Sustainable systems include geothermal heat pumps, in-floor radiant
heat, and energy efficient lighting. New elevator equipment, mechanical,
fire protection and electrical systems were installed along with life
safety and communications technology.