Written by Mike Swofford Sunday, 09 January 2011 18:58
|The Scout Achievement Center Story|
|Building the Vision|
|Branding and Design|
|Technology and Green Operations|
|Excitement, Moving, and Opening|
|A Few Last Things and Grand Opening|
Now having an idea of what the Scout Achievement Center would be and what was required to realize the vision, the work began to make it a reality. There were now two main priorities for the project: building the physical structure and building the operational infrastructure to make it work.
One of the first steps, and one of the most important, was to choose the location. From the feedback that was gathered during the visioning process, several requirements were established for the location:
Through a study provided by Time Warner Cable, the council membership was analyzed and the population center of the council was determined to be the Evendale area. Incidentally, a vacant lot sat adjacent to the Gorman Heritage Farm in the Village of Evendale, two turns from the I-75 corridor. With the Gorman Heritage Farm's 175 year history and great youth outdoor education programs, and the Village of Evendale's focus on a family-friendly community, it was a perfect match. After months of work between Evendale, the Farm, and the Council, a wonderful partnership was established. The Village of Evendale leased the land to the Dan Beard Council for 99 years for $1 and a memorandum of agreement was signed between the council and the farm to provide shared programming and share facilities.
Several architects were engaged to provide sketches of the SAC. The design of the building was a challenging one: it had to be designed to fit into the natural environment, incorporate many of the green features that would lead towards silver level LEED certification, and at the same time meet the practical requirements of a conference center, Scout Shop, and service center. BHDP architecture was selected and many months of designing, revising, sketching, and revising was underway. Messer Construction, with a long history with the Dan Beard Council that included the construction of Camp Friedlander and Cub World in 1998, was selected as the general contractor. Baker Concrete, a strong supporter of Scouting for many years, donated $500,000 in concrete for the project (which explains much of the natural look of the building and the great use of concrete).