Nestled in a stream valley on 187 acres, the Nixon County Park and Nature Center is the only one of its kind within the York County Park system. Dedicated solely to wildlife and education, and allowing only foot traffic on its trails, the nature center welcomes schools, scouts and summer day camps to teach youth about local wildlife and artifacts.
In early 2020, the York County Department of Parks & Recreation was ready to expand the nature center with a new 849-square-foot addition to look out on the surrounding environment. Involved in the original construction of the center, Kinsley’s Custom group was ready to deliver the addition. Our Industrial division also came on board to deliver the foundation and suspended concrete slab, pad and piers, and our Rebar division fabricated the reinforcing steel.
While it’s an ideal spot for learning about the local wildlife, the building’s location created challenge after challenge for our teams. With wetlands nearby, crews had to install stormwater management systems to control the sediment and protect the wetlands, ensuring they weren’t infiltrated with any construction materials or debris.
The site was also tight with limited access space which complicated construction of the concrete pad and installation of piers. Concrete trucks were unable to travel towards the back of the building to reach the addition. This required our Industrial team to bring the concrete in with pumps around the corner of the building to pour the concrete slab.
Beyond the building’s location, its unique design also added challenges to construction. By design, the addition needed to be built similar to a bridge with a suspended slab; it was selfsustained despite being tied into the existing center. This design required a lot of compacted fill as well as heavy beams and vertical posts to support the addition. It also featured architecturally exposed wooden beams, visible hardware fabricated by our Steel division, and large window overhangs to provide an industrial feel.
Construction of the space was completed in mid-November. This project is a great example of our teams coming together and using their construction expertise to deliver a quality space for our community to enjoy.