revitalization of kinzua point

A new Visitors and Learning Center proposed

pictureWe recommend the ANF raze the current Kinzua Point Information Center and construct a new family friendly, interactive and multi-functional learning/ visitor center. The building itself can serve in an educational capacity by utilizing and displaying green technologies outlined in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines.

Per the core principles of PKP, we also recommend adherence to the guidelines and design recommendations presented by National Geographic’s Geotourism principles and PA Wilds’ Design Guide.

With this in mind, the PKP team reached out to Warren architects Jeff and Donna Zariczny, owners of InscalePC, Inc., who so graciously donated their time and expertise to the conceptualization of the features PKP evisions for this building.

Kinzua Point Visitors & LearningCenter

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Floorplan and features

The new building is conceptualized as a travel, enrichment, small business, and recreation hub for the area. In keeping with the PKP goals, travel information would be readily available, a small theatre area would provide ongoing documentation on the rich history the area harbors, technology driven learning facilities for up to 100 students; small business opportunities through liveries, food concessions and a gift shop with a focus, but not limited to, Artisan Trail artists would be present.

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Read complete recommendation for this pathway on page 10 of the findings report.

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From Jeff Zariczny, InscalePC, Inc.

" We believe that there is a relatively unexplored middle ground between inefficient conventional construction and high-cost green architecture.  It is in this area that a real-world difference can be made. We strive to use green practices that are environmentally friendly and are also cost effective.

The site disturbance will be minimized, reducing the removal of vegetation and preserving natural habitats. The building’s location on the site and overall form is responsive to the path of the sun, maximizing the inclusion of natural light, reducing energy demands for lighting. The construction will be high-mass ICF walls, which increases insulation values and heat retention, while reducing temperature fluctuation during the day. Construction impacts will be offset by construction waste reduction and reuse.

Construction practices such as fabric formwork will reduce material usage and the need for wood products. Interior finish use will be reduced by using structural elements as finished products. Structural concrete slabs will be acid-stained and treated to create a finished system, eliminating the need for additional finishes and labor.

In conjunction with high-mass walls, we will use in-floor radiant heating, heat recovery ventilation, as well as passive cooling, all of which work together to reduce heating and cooling energy usage. Water consumption will be offset by rainwater and greywater capture, storage, and reuse for site irrigation or interior usage. The effects of stormwater runoff will be lessened with the use of a green roof system, which will also provide insulation, heat retention, and evaporative cooling. Green roofs also greatly increase the expected lifespan, reducing the impact on the environment.

Active energy systems will also be utilized, solar panels integral to the building design will harness the power of the sun. Wind energy will also be harnessed via wind turbines. These will counteract energy requirements and reduce the impact this structure has on the environment."