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  Northern Lights Council Center For ScoutingNorthern Lights Council Center For Scouting


Foss Architecture & Interiors, Ltd.
810 First Avenue, N., Fargo, ND 58102

General Description

Location: Fargo, North Dakota
Date Bid: June 2011 Construction Period: Aug 2011 to Oct 2012
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 drywall.

Project Team

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.

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