November 23, 2016

Turkey Talk

Rendering of the Round House

The Round House at the Palmetto Shooting Complex has a second floor “Crow’s Nest” observation area overlooking the shooting stations. The building’s design draws inspiration from George Patton’s former hunting lodge located at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Across the spectrum of our projects, there’s one that stands out this holiday season – and that’s our work for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). The organization was established in 1973 as a national nonprofit conservation and hunting organization. When they were founded, there were about 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of nearly 7 million turkeys.

Located in Edgefield County, South Carolina, the NWTF have experienced substantial growth over the years, becoming the largest employer in the county. They organize fundraisers, operate marketing and retail divisions, and conduct conservation and hunting education programs. The site also houses a museum!

It was in 2000 that the organization’s board decided to significantly expand operations. Davis & Floyd was awarded the project, which included the design of a 3-story, 30,000-square-foot business office addition; 2-story, 7,200-square-foot museum expansion; two warehouse additions; and additional 200-space parking area.

Putting aside our neighborly pride for the organization (and our many enthusiastic hunters and conservationists on staff), we were very aware of the challenges of such an increase in operational space. Civil design issues included addressing an increased volume of stormwater due to the 54,000 square feet of additional impervious surfaces and layout of 200 new parking spaces.

Structurally, we reinforced the concrete masonry unit as well as wooden studs, floor trusses, and roof trusses. Our mechanical engineer was challenged with providing HVAC to three floors – each floor with perimeter private offices and large core interior space with cubicles – therefore, a complete HVAC system was designed for each floor utilizing heat loss analyses due to each floor’s unique location and relationship to the other floors. Additionally, the museum’s HVAC design required special attention to maintain very limited variations in temperature and humidity. Our electrical design provided additional primary power to all expansion areas by upgrading and rerouting service lines.

The additions and expansions were completed and approved for occupancy in the spring of 2004. The staff now enjoys a spacious, modern, and energy-efficient work environment while supporters benefit from their expanded reach.

In 2014, Davis & Floyd returned to work on four interconnected projects for the Palmetto Shooting Complex: Road design and drainage, including space for RV parking complexes for events; entrance gate; new 8,600-square-foot maintenance building for the complex, which stores target machines and shooting clays as well as has room and charging capabilities for transportation carts and tractors; new 9,400-square-foot “Round House” for events that includes a gathering lobby, lounge area, bar, commercial kitchen, conference room, retail area, restrooms, and second-story observational area.

This year, we designed the layout and cabinetry for a new display area in the NWTF Museum, which highlights the history of the organization’s founding.

Interested in conservation work with NWTF? Read more here. Looking for a recipe to grill or smoke your wild turkey this year? They’ve got tips right here.

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!