ODNR was given this site on the bluff overlooking Lake Erie by the City of Cleveland to develop the headquarters for their Watercraft Department. The project required engagement of nearly every local and state agency as well as coordination with three separate railroad companies. The project was complicated by several existing buildings, numerous 55 gallon drums of toxic material, large sections of partially compacted fill and the 48” sanitary pipe we were to connect to was completely blocked and the Sewer Department would provide no details, options or alternates. Our client was committed to the site, and we immediately dug into the problems and began solving them one at a time. We negotiated with the State of Ohio EPA, and quickly had the barrels removed, the site re-mediated and structures demolished. The first major difficulties had been resolved, our focus turned to the work of filling and compacting the site to create suitable foundation bearing and the search for an alternate sanitary connection. Working closely with the Sewer Department we were able to locate a suitable sanitary line, it did require boring under 8 sets of active rail tracks. After several weeks, we were able to overcome the collective we-don’t-care attitude of the rail companies and proceed with the sanitary connection. Our diligent work during the fall meant our spring ground breaking was on schedule.
Programmatically, this is an education building. The project was constructed to house the Civilian Conservation Corps and their work tools and provide classrooms and computer labs to allow the workers the ability to complete their GED. The building design took advantage of the site’s southern exposure; large overhangs protected clerestory windows, allowing daylight principles to provide 80% of the necessary task lighting. Heavily insulated walls and roof ensure the energy use of the building is 30% less than ODNR’s typical facilities. Despite the numerous challenges, the building was delivered on time and under budget.
Ralph Roberts, Project Architect had this to say about studioTECHNE: “On behalf of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, I would like to thank you and your staff for your excellent work. I would especially like to thank you for your excellent project management skills and field leadership. Your guidance on this project has produced a beautiful facility of which the Division of Civil Conservation Corp. can be very proud.”