Middle Bass Island PlanningODNRColumbus, OH

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SIZE: 115 Acres COST: $5 millionbullet COMPLETION DATE: On-Going

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources hired FMS Architects to lead the design team for improvements at Middle Bass Island State Park. The project involved helping ODNR strategize and plan for the future of the park. We provided planning, concept design, construction documents, bid support and construction administration. New buildings included staff housing, a harbormaster facility to support the new marina, shower/restroom facilities, and other various site utility improvements.

A detailed architectural, structural, and environmental condition assessment was conducted in 2009 to document the integrity and status of the various structures including the Lonz Winery. We analyzed the site of the park and surrounding areas, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, aesthetic concerns, materials, systems and equipment and usable and assignable areas. We analyzed existing MEP systems, facilities (including kitchen, winery, loading/storage spaces), and handicapped access to determine compliance with codes. We also developed options for retention, adaptation or replacement of each of the systems and facilities based on a detailed analysis of cost and benefits. Elements of the future park development may include camping areas, access roads, hospitality amenities, and a new use for the winery complex, a prominent building locally and on the National Register of Historic Places.