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  • Village of Bratenahl Service Garage Ribbon Cutting
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    Village of Bratenahl Celebrates Completion of New Service Garage with Ribbon Cutting

Village of Bratenahl Celebrates Completion of New Service Garage with Ribbon Cutting

Village of Bratenahl community leaders and personnel, neighbors, and the design/construction team gathered recently for the ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of The Village of Bratenahl’s new Service Garage & Salt Dome – the first building project the Village has undertaken since the 1930s.

Project Manager and Architect Jen Kalin, RA, NCARB, LEED AP was happy to report to the management team that this project was an all-around success. It was completed two weeks ahead of schedule, on budget, and fulfilled or surpassed the client’s objectives. Furthermore, the design and construction process went smoothly with no major issues requiring resolution.

The Village of Bratenahl is a very small “bedroom” community located just east of Downtown Cleveland. Encompassing 1.6 square miles and home to 1,200 residents, the municipality has few public buildings and seldom initiates construction projects. Thus, it was a big deal when in 2015 the Village commissioned a facility assessment for its service garage and salt dome, which discovered the facilities to be in such poor condition and in need of such costly repairs that a new facility was recommended. The journey to complete the Village’s first major building project in nearly 90 years began.

The Village opted to complete the project […]

  • Moreland Service Garage
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    Service Garages: Thinking Through Specifics to Ensure Successful Design

Service Garages: Thinking Through Specifics to Ensure Successful Design

Today we’re going to talk about services garages. While some may consider these bland, unexciting buildings, they are actually highly important, unsung heroes of municipal infrastructure. They operate in the background, commanding little attention, yet facilitating critical functions. In the event of a potential calamity such as a snow emergency or water main break, these facilities allow maintenance personnel to respond quickly and effectively, so that residents and workers can continue to go about their business.

What’s more, not one is like another. Having completed over 20 of these buildings in the last 15 years, we understand that while they may all have similar components, the ways in which they are specifically designed are vastly individualized. Thinking through these specifics is crucial to success.

Without further ado, here’s a look at the “what” and “how” of service garage design.

First, let’s go over the usual pieces and parts of these buildings. The average service garage may have:

Storage

Cold
Bulk
Maintenance – general or specific

Maintenance Bay(s)
Wash Bay(s)
Operations Support

Locker rooms
Laundry
Break room
Offices
Storage

Back-Up Power
Access controls

That’s a fairly short list and it looks pretty simple, but if we do our jobs right during the discovery and assessment phase of a service garage project, the actual design becomes much more involved […]

  • Bratenahl Service Garage Announcement
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    R.E. Warner Selected to Design New Bratenahl Service Garage & Salt Dome

R.E. Warner Selected to Design New Bratenahl Service Garage & Salt Dome

We are pleased to announce that The Village of Bratenahl has selected R.E. Warner and Cold Harbor Building Company for Design/Build services to construct their new service garage and salt dome. The project is to be completed in three phases:

Phase 1: Construction of a new 1,600 square foot salt dome to allow the Village to use the facility for the winter of 2017.

Phase 2: Construction of a new 10,000 square foot service garage, a secure vehicle storage area, a secure above ground storage tank area and all associated site work.

Phase 3: The demolition of the existing service garage facility and associated site work.

R.E. Warner is providing complete architectural and engineering services.

Stay tuned for updates as the project progresses.