Ranger Station and Resource Management Headquarters
Thomarios Construction Group worked closely with Metro Parks Serving Summit County, as well as the Peninsula Architects to complete this innovative project. Completed in December of 2007, THOMARIOS took a 2,200-square-foot former private residence, expanded it by 1,700 square feet to make room for park rangers and biologists. After completion, the Ranger Station received Platinum Certification, the highest certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED, or Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design program.
The Ranger Station and Resource Management Headquarters was Thomarios Construction Groups first LEED project. We are proud that this was the second Platinum Certified project in the State of Ohio. With 55 achieved LEED credits out of a possible 69, the Ranger Station has achieved the highest amount of credits in the state, making it the “Greenest” building in Ohio.
Some of the green building strategies incorporated in this project include: geothermal heating, waterless toilets, solar panels, a rooftop rain garden, lumber from downed trees in the Metro Parks, and recycled carpet, furniture and cabinetry. Outside, the features include porous pavement, a rain garden, rain barrels and native landscaping. Many of the materials were locally manufactured and extracted, reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation. Construction waste was collected and sorted and 94% of the waste was recycled and diverted from the landfill.