Buchart Horn provided design and construction administration services for renovations to the 15,000-SF Upper Allen Township Municipal Building, a 36,000-SF addition, and site work including 200 parking spaces. The building houses the Township Administration, Police, Public Works Department, and EMS Garage. A major addition with a raised shed roof connects two existing plain buildings to create one modern, 52,000-SF complex that is functional, efficient, and cost effective.
The design projects an appropriate utilitarian image for this hard-working township facility. A new public concourse with clerestory natural lighting reorganizes all circulation and doubles as the lobby. The building houses the Township Administration and Public Meeting Rooms on the first floor, the Police Department and Public Works/Highway Department on the ground floor, and a four-bay Emergency Medical Services Department at the rear of the facility. The 20-officer Police Department has separate public and staff entrances, with three security zones.
The non-combustible construction features masonry bearing walls, brick exterior, some columns, a concrete plank floor, complete interior fit-out, a metal deck roof with standing seam sloped roofing, and a single ply flat roof. New HVAC systems include rooftop units, variable air volume ductwork, and ATC controls. Plumbing includes public toilets, two pairs of locker rooms, and a new sprinkler system. A new electrical service and distribution feeds all new lighting, normal and emergency power, and technology and security systems.
A free-standing salt and vehicle shed provides weather protection for the highway department. New site work improves the 5.96-acre site, increasing parking to 200 spaces, stormwater detention basin, two new driveways, and landscaping.