Ranger + Natural Resource HQ

Summit Metro Parks


  • Client: Summit Metro Parks
  • Date: Completed June 2008
  • Size: 3.8 acres, Existing Structure (2,200 sf), Addition (1,000 sf)
  • Services: Site, Architectural and Interior Design, LEED Documentation, and Construction Administration
  • Sustainability: LEED Platinum Certification

A former private residence, contiguous with the Sand Run Metro Parks property, was purchased with the intent to create a field office for the Ranger and Natural Resource Departments. The 1960s ranch-style house was set on a beautiful site bordered to the south by a large open field, and nestled into the pines and native hardwoods to the north. Additional space was added to meet program requirements, while still maximizing open space requirements on the site.

Close proximity to a major hike/bike trail placed the new building in the public eye, and presented an opportunity to demonstrate to the community how a humble structure could be transformed into a model for sustainable design. Peninsula Architects’ LEED Accredited Professionals helped to weigh the costs and benefits of different sustainable design options as well as the impacts these choices had on scheduling, aesthetics, and the overall project. Addressing the envelope of the building and the efficiency of its systems were important aspects of meeting LEED certification goals and requirements. Peninsula Architects’ design emphasized energy performance, environmental sustainability, and occupant health. Sustainable features included:

  • Geothermal heating and cooling
  • Photovoltaic (solar) panels
  • Extensive natural day-lighting and ventilation
  • Sustainable and recycled building materials
  • On-site sanitary waste management
  • Innovative storm water management

The project was awarded Platinum Certification under LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the US Green Building Council, the first to be awarded in Northeast Ohio.