ABC Keystone Chapter Building
Designed to make a statement and become a local landmark in Manheim, the ABC Keystone Chapter building is truly one-of-a-kind. Through the combination of the existing structure, a steel frame, and pre-engineered structures, the building was designed as a tool to educate the apprentices simply by interacting with it. The design incorporated various materials and details to show there is more than one way to design and construct a building, including decorative concrete masonry units in multiple colors and textures, two different metal panels in two different colors, standing seam metal and EPDM roofing systems, and aluminum storefront window systems. With the new addition, the building is now 31,238 GSF.
In order to be a useful educational tool for construction apprentices, the building addition includes a hands-on training center, classrooms, a computer lab, offices, a kitchenette, and building supply storage. The building also houses a high-tech multi-media classroom for webinars, board meetings, continuing education for members and their employees, and community education. Continuing the theme of education, the training center includes a manhole and a subterranean pipe for confined space training as well as a recessed concrete pit for hand work excavation and concrete formwork practice. Stairs lead to the roof, which was designed to support the weight of an entire class in order to practice fall safety and tying off for roof work.
Although this is not a LEED-accredited project, it was designed in the “spirit of LEED” using various techniques and features as required by a LEED-accredited building. These include natural daylighting through sun tunnels, motion sensors on lighting controls, interior vision panels to permit light into the interior spaces, high efficiency HVAC systems, LED light fixtures, roofs structured for future solar panels, and materials using recycled content.
Background information of ABC Keystone: ABC Keystone represents over 600 construction-related firms locally and is also part of a national association with 72 chapters representing more than 19,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms. Their members are involved in commercial, industrial, and institutional free enterprise construction throughout south-central PA. For more information, click here.