Mason County Facility Shops
Helix Design Group master-planned this 80-acre site for Mason County to include the Department of Public Works (MCPW) and the Mason County Fair. The master plan aimed to consolidate all MCPW operations into one location while supporting the future needs of the fair as efficiently as possible. MCPW buildings include Administration, Vehicle Maintenance, Sign Shop, EOC, Storage, Vehicle Storage/Vehicle Wash, and a Fueling Facility. A Well House containing fire pumps and other fire protection equipment was provided adjacent to a new 150,000-gallon water storage tank.
The Maintenance Shop recycles waste oil for heating to offset the use of in-floor radiant heating provided in the maintenance bays. Radiant floor heat is used in turn to allow the ambient air temperature to remain lower to conserve energy. The Administration Building ceilings step up with the PEB steel frames to open the interiors for maximum daylight penetration from the tall windows on the exterior. Low-impact site development techniques were employed, such as a pervious pavement demonstration/trial area at the visitor parking area. Rain gardens were used in the POV parking areas to reduce the need for storage ponds and to reduce piping requirements.