Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
The new 2,200 sf Seneca Lake Park Welcome Center offices and main gate house incorporate cedar wood siding and manufactured stone veneer to compliment the site and to reflect the results of a branding study.
The north clerestory windows were chosen to be operable, allowing natural ventilation and diffused natural light into the corridor and conference room. With south facing offices, the overhangs are able to protect the building from the summer sun and allow winter sun to warm the exposed stained concrete floor.
Incorporating the surrounding environments natural shape, the northwest corner is partially buried into the hillside to take advantage of the earth’s constant temperature and protect it from the cold winter winds.
The sustainable strategies are used as a teaching tool to the park's visitors and include solar orientation, radiant floor heating, occupancy light senors and rain barrels to reduce soil erosion and flooding.