Great Smoky Mountains National Park Off-the-Grid Solar PV

NPS Great Smoky Mountains Off-the-Grid Solar Power System at At Cades Cove

Tennessee

 

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CROFT conducted a solar energy study and full engineering design for a remote, off-the-grid 36kW solar photo-voltaic power system linked to an existing battery bank and gas powered generator system at the Historic Cades Cove recreation area in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

After a national search by the NPS in Denver, CROFT was selected to lead the technically complex process of integrating a fully off-the-grid solar photovoltaic system as the third power supply element in a legacy battery-bank and gas generator system. After a solar study and load analysis that identified a need for 30% larger system than originally projected, CROFT led the electrical, civil, and landscape architectural design to site the solar array while carefully screening it from historically significant site amenities at the Cable Mill Visitor’s Center.

The solar array provide a silent energy source to serve the small visitor center, bookstore, and restroom facility in the Cable Mill area. The panels are located behind the restroom in an area that receives maximum exposure from both morning and afternoon sun. A low berm planted with native vegetation was created around the array to minimize the visual intrusion on the historic landscape and the area’s natural beauty.  The array consist of 80 panels and occupy a 40 by 65-foot area.

Solar energy project will annually reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23 tons and reduce fuel costs by $14,000. Formerly, the park used a diesel-fuel generator for power at the site, which often caused noise disruptions to park programs and the visitor experience to the historic landscape. The old power system consisted of a propane-fueled generator and battery system, which was costly and labor-intensive to operate.


SERVICES PROVIDED

 
  • Solar PV Study

  • Electrical

  • Civil

  • Historic Landscape

  • RFP Bid Support

  • SHPO Coordination

  • Off-the-Grid Solar Design

  • Back-up Power System

  • Subsurface Utilities

  • Cost Estimating

  • Permitting

  • Public Involvement

  • Interpretive Design

  • Quality Assurance

 

AJAY North America Warehouse

AJAY North America Warehouse

Powder Springs, GA

 

CROFT provided architectural and engineering services for a new 30,000 SF AJAY warehouse building. Building included offices, meeting spaces, large training space, restrooms, two dock doors, and one drive in door with ramp in the warehouse. This is a one story, pre-engineered metal building and it is designed for future expansion. Metal siding.

Some challenges were: site security/access, storm water management, very tightly existing space, parking, design to unify existing campus. 


SERVICES PROVIDED

 
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Permitting
  • Bidding assistance
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Construction Administration
 

Dohler North American Headquarters

Dohler North American Headquarters

Cartersville, GA

 

CROFT developed a schematic building design and campus master plan for the new five story North American headquarters facility for the Doehler Corporation of Darmstadt, Germany.

Design and master planning efforts included a design charrette, site study, adjacency diagram, architectural floor plan, and site design for an 96,000 SF corporate headquarters facility and campus.  The 26-acre campus master plan will require the phased-relocation of research and development functions from existing facilities, datacenter operations, and the integration of a highly sustainable, state-of-the-industry headquarters facility into a campus with active production operations.

Interim renovations have been made to the existing 200,000 SF facility to facilitate administrative, research and development, datacenter, and manufacturing operations until completion of the project. Croft provided full A/E design and construction manager as-advisor services to support cost estimating, design, phasing, RFP development, construction inspection, project budgeting, OAC meetings, and review of construction invoices.


SERVICES PROVIDED

 
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Permitting
  • Bidding assistance
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Construction Administration
 

Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments

Germantown, MD

 

CROFT developed the schematic design for Texas Instruments (TI) to execute their engineering office and lab relocation on the third floor of an office building in Germantown, MD. This project encompassed the renovation of the entire 25,000 square foot floorplate – 22,000 of useable square footage and 3,000 square feet of office core. The space program consisted of offices and work stations, conference and training rooms, community spaces, 2400 sf engineering lab and data center, and support areas. 


SERVICES PROVIDED

 
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Permitting
  • Bidding assistance
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Construction Administration
 

Georgia School for Innovation & Classics

Georgia School
for Innovation

& Classics

Hephzibah, GA

 

Croft provided full architectural, engineering, and master planning services for the full civil site development and facility construction of the 56,100 SF, 50 acre Georgia School
for Innovation
& Classics in East Georgia.  This city-owned facility, aimed at developing local capacity in sustainable agriculture, foreign languages, and nuclear technology includes: 40 classrooms, cafeteria, administrative offices, media center, and outdoor recreational fields.

Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics integrates high-level training on key career and technical skills to develop local capacity to support the region’s key economic drivers: Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant, linguist jobs on adjoining Fort Gordon, and the rapidly growing sustainable agriculture industry.  The master plan includes development of the full 50 acre site to include a two-apparatus bay municipal fire station, SPLOST funded community athletic center, and an array of outdoor sports amenities.  Phase I of the project was completed in August 2015 and included 56,100 SF of facilities, regulation athletic field, 200 parking spaces, 3 access roads, and sustainable landscaping features.

This facility was awarded the 2015 Green Apple Award by the US Green Building Council of Georgia for excellence in sustainable educational facility design


SERVICES PROVIDED

 
  • Architecture
  • Needs Assesment
  • Master Planning
  • Value Engineering
  • Site Selection
  • MEP
  • Civil
  • Structural
  • Programming
  • Classroom Technology
  • Subsurface Utilities
  • Design Charrettes
  • Interior Design
  • Cost Estimating
  • Fire Protection
 

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Cobb County Civic Center


Cobb County Civic Center

Marietta, GA

 

Cobb's Board of Commissioners engaged CROFT to give a complete face-lift to its aging Cobb County Civic Center.  Since its construction in 1972, the Civic Center had been one of the premier venues for high school sports, graduations, craft fairs, art exhibits, gun shows, and Special Olympics activities in metro-Atlanta.  CROFT led the architectural, interior, and engineering design for a $5.7 million expansion and renovation that transformed the Civic Center into a sleek, modern, multi-functional space that will serve Cobb County for generations to come.


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CROFT has been selected for several design projects for Cobb County. Our experience shows that their architectural designs are attractive, with nice finishes and attention to detail, while keeping within our established construction budgets. Their cost estimates have been quite accurate, yielding no major surprises when the sealed bids come in.
— Tom Bills, Cobb PRCA

SERVICES PROVIDED

 
  • Architecture
  • Structural
  • MEP Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Fire Protection
  • AT/FP Measures
  • Sustainable Design
  • Design Charrette
  • Programming
  • Value Engineering
  • Renovation & New Design
  • Construction Phase Services
  • Master Planning
  • Subsurface Investigations
  • Cost Estimating
  • Energy Modeling