When the Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC) was looking for a design-build contractor who could work with local Vocational Technical School students to bring their vision of a new event pavilion to life, they chose Mowery as their trusted building partner.
The pavilion was originally planned to be built next to an interstate, but Mowery advised against this location due to the traffic noise interfering with educational instruction. With the client in agreement, a new location near the Army Heritage and Education Center’s main building was selected and Mowery got right to work designing the structure.
Connecting the design of the building to the client’s military ties, Mowery designed a Quonset Hut, which was originally manufactured by the United States Military for use during World War II. The new, 2,500 SF pavilion addressed openness from safety, security, and daylight perspectives by incorporating a timber supported porch and skylights. Additionally, the end arches were articulated with timber framing and plastic-glazed clerestories.
Another unique aspect of this project is Mowery’s collaboration with Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School. Students proudly helped Mowery fabricate the pavilion’s custom-designed timber connector, assemble the arches, and cut and install the timber framing.
The delivery approach of this project supported stakeholder involvement, community giving and hands-on education. The new pavilion will not only support educational and informal park activities, but also includes an encampment to be used for years to come!
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