KCBA Architects is pleased to announce a commission to design a new municipal complex in South Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. Slated for a vacant 12-acre parcel, the complex will consist of a new township administration facility and a new fire station for the Union Deposit Volunteer Fire Company collectively comprising roughly 25,000 sq. ft.
An intensive architectural selection process for the project consisted of a qualifications submission, a proposal submission, and lastly an interview with a series of finalists. Paul McNamee, PE, President of McNamee Strategic Consulting, LLC managed the selection process for the township and will work closely with KCBA throughout design and construction to ensure the township’s needs and goals are met. “We had a number of very highly qualified architectural firms but the township ultimately selected KCBA due to their experience with similar projects and the relationship garnered by their team during the interview,” he stated. “Their conceptual layouts were right on target for the site with a vision that prioritized functional needs coupled with the potential for the complex to be a center for community activities.”
The new administration building will feature a full complement of facilities for township management and administrative departments, the township tax office, and the board of supervisors as well as spaces to accommodate public meetings and events. The new fire station will include apparatus bays, equipment maintenance and storage facilities, a decontamination area, communications room, offices, and recreational spaces for volunteers.
KCBA is working closely with the township to craft a solution that achieves their operational, budgetary, and schedule requirements. Key design considerations include providing a configuration that caters to the public’s needs and invites their use, addressing the integration of emergency response activities and public functions, implementing sustainable and efficient building strategies, and establishing an aesthetic that is modern yet also celebrates the traditional agricultural forms and materials of the township.