Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative
McCall Sharp Architecture
Posted: August 12, 2020 | Projects
Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative is a member-owned public electric distribution utility based in Kenton, Ohio. Its previous site was too small to accommodate 40 years of growth, so the Co-op decided to purchase a 16-acre site on the western edge of the city boundary. Its intent was to construct an approximately 28,000-square-foot Office/Service Center/Warehouse with an associated yard storage, fueling island, and communications tower.
Photo Courtesy of Ed McCall & Adam Russell
Due to bids received on a previous project, the owner originally thought the project would have to be built in two phases. However, it was decided to approach the project with a design concept used by the architect on other, similar projects, in order to control costs. This concept involves using two types of building construction – each fitting the type of activity taking place within its respective area – then carefully blending both their aesthetic and functional attributes. This concept reduces costs by not having to design one building type for two different functional purposes.
The office portion of the facility is designed in a manner similar to that of a custom home, with 2 x 6 frame walls and pre-engineered wood trusses. However, the finishes are commercial grade, with blown-in cellulose insulation and standing-seam metal roofs.
This space is designed for people, and provides the comfortable work environment they need for the work day. Added touches, such as brick and cement board veneer and aluminum frame windows, give the building a more public and inviting appearance.
The building is completely heated and cooled with a water-to-air geothermal system. The system is looped in a pond created on site as part of the project's water detention. The entire facility incorporates LED light fixtures and energy-saving appliances.
The craftsman-style design, with its wide roof overhangs, acts like a hat in the hot summer months by naturally enhancing the ability to cool the building, and protects the building from the harsh mid-western rain and snow in the winter months. The contemporary craftsman-style design is historically very popular in this rural area. The owner wanted an attractive and inviting structure for its cooperative members and the community as a whole. Placing the building back on the site at an appropriate distance from the road allowed for a fairly large facility to fit well with its immediate neighbors.
Building Envelope: Hardie
Roofing: Metal Sales
Windows, Entrances, Storefronts & Curtain Walls: All Service Glass
Flooring: Florida Tile, Roppe, JJ Flooring
Lighting: Beacon, Spaulding, Kim
Engineered Metal Building: Golden Giant Building Systems
McCall Sharp Architecture
100 E. Main Street
Springfield, OH 45502
Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
1650 Watermark Drive, #200
Columbus, OH 43215
329 Mount Vernon Avenue
Springfield, OH 45503
Date Bid: May 2015
Construction Period: Jul 2015 to Aug 2015
Total Square Feet: 27,142
Site: 15.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: Two.
Building Sizes: Garage, 12,731; first floor, 14,411; total, 27,142 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 35’; first floor, 25’; total, 35’.
Basic Construction Type: New/5B/Metal Building.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall, cement board, man made stone.
Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall.