The Oak Lodge Water District headquarters is a substantial renovation of a 1950’s office and garage building with chronic water infiltration, energy loss and space planning issues. Located on a highly visible corner lot, DMS completely changed the exterior character of the ungainly industrial building with the addition of a gabled roof, new windows and exterior finishes, and a trellis for solar shading of the south and west facades.
By moving the entry to a more central location, DMS was able to provide access to a new multi-purpose community meeting room that could be used during or after office hours while maintaining a secure environment for the Water District. Conversion of an existing garage bay into office space allowed for the reconfiguration of the interior into a functional, efficient layout, with the displaced garage space accommodated in a new on-site garage/storage facility previously completed by DMS. Energy and interior comfort issues were addressed by furring the existing concrete exterior walls and filling the cavity with closed cell spray foam insulation to create a high efficiency envelope, then updating/replacing all of the mechanical and lighting systems.
To facilitate the required continuous use of the offices during the construction process, the new, trussed roof was set on the existing building parapet with the old roof structure left intact, and work was carefully phased to minimize impact on operations. The completed project successfully provides a pleasant work environment for the Water District and an attractive addition to the neighborhood.