A new 40,000 SF pre-engineered steel building provides a competitive swimming pool, gym, fitness center, locker rooms, an auditorium and meeting rooms for 17 communities throughout Berkshire and Columbia County. The economies gained from the use of pre-engineered building systems enabled the construction of this privately funded community center. The coherent use of simple forms and basic materials provided a cost-effective solution and resulted in a building reflective of community character.
Great Barrington Fire Station
Great Barrington’s new Fire Station was completed in November of 2009. The building form symbolizes the speed and efficiency demanded of a regional emergency response facility. The building’s enclosure system is composed of insulated precast panels, insulated metal panels and insulated translucent panels. Opaque materials have been articulated and separate firefighting functions from public and civic areas. Translucent materials create light filled spaces that (along with occupancy sensors) dramatically reduce the use of electrical lighting. A 10 Kw photovoltaic array located on the roof powers a portion of the building’s electrical needs. The nine month construction administration period ran concurrent with the Beacon Cinema and change orders amounted to less than 1%.