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Multi-Purpose Building for Camp Galil, Bucks County, PA : Final report
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|Title: ||Multi-Purpose Building for Camp Galil, Bucks County, PA : Final report|
|Authors: ||Borden, Jason|
|Keywords: ||Camps -- Buildings -- Design and construction|
Multipurpose buildings -- Design and construction
|Issue Date: ||22-May-2003 |
|Abstract: ||Camp Galil is an overnight summer camp located in Bucks County Pennsylvania that provides a summer camping experience for approximately 300 campers a summer. The educational program focuses on Judaism, Israel, environmental consciousness, social activism and community and group building. Campers range in age from 8 to 15 years old. The camp sessions take place during the summer months of the year, but activities are organized for campers year-round. It is currently not possible for the camp to host overnight activities during the winter months because the facility was developed as a summer use only camp. Therefore there are no existing facilities that are capable of providing appropriate shelter during the winter months; the only building that is open year-round is the caretakerâs house and one trailer.
Our progress report consists of providing a multi-use structure of approximately 6900 square feet capable of seating at least 250 people, a kitchen capable of serving 80 to 100 people, offices for camp administration use, a small library, an arts and crafts space for camp activities, and supporting spaces such as bathrooms and mechanical rooms. The structure will centralize several of these spaces that exist already in the camp and provide them with appropriate summer cooling that is currently not available. Additionally, there will be an amphitheater incorporated onto the north side of the building. This amphitheater will be capable of seating the entire camp population of approximately 300 people. It will provide a pleasant meeting space that will be shaded all summer long.
The structure was designed to visually match the existing buildings. It was also designed to support a floor live load of 150 lbs per square foot(this is to account for the fact that it is not possible to predict all the ways that the building could be used). The building ties into the existing electrical service and water service. The mechanical system only needs to provide air conditioning in 15% of the total space during the summer months, and it will provide heating in 100% of the building during the winter. Utilization of passive solar design elements will allow a comfortable summer environment to be maintained and minimize energy use in the winter. Also, the building is orientated to take advantage of the prevalent summer wind direction (WSW) for maximum cooling effect. The lighting fixtures and building appliances are specified as high efficiency and include control systems to minimize usage; this helps reduce the energy load on the building systems. The plumbing system draws from the existing well, and drains to an existing septic field. As the building will not entail increased attendance at the camp, the anticipated loads on the plumbing system are not going to increase the existing peak summer loads dramatically, but contingency plans are to be considered. The building includes facilities for the collection of rainwater, anticipated at a rate of 19.9 gal/square foot per year. This otherwise lost water will be used for the non-potable water system that will supply the toilets and the fire protection system.|
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