USDA Forest Service Administration and Warehouse Buildings, Kernville, CA
This project involved clearing and grubbing the existing site, extensive excavation and structural engineered fill, and site utilities for the ground-up new construction of a warehouse and administration building as well as the demolition of the existing administration building for the USDA Forest Service. The new administration building included a reception/lobby, gift shop, public meeting space and conference room, and open office for administration of ecosystem, recreation, land use, archaeology, and natural resource efforts within Kernville and Lake Isabella. Support spaces included restrooms with showers and locker rooms, breakroom, map/copy/supply room, kitchen, and evidence storage/lock-up room. Private offices were provided for the District Ranger, Deputy District Ranger, Law Enforcement Eco Staff Officer, and Recreation/ Land Administration Officer. The warehouse included two high-bay parking garages for heavy firefighting trucks with associated vehicle maintenance space and hookups. To support the fire station needs, the administration building included a full kitchen. Both facilities were outfitted with full Furnitures, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E) packages, and incorporate energy-saving and conservation measures.
Site work included fully landscaped entrance plaza, walkways, patio with trellis, second patio with picnic tables, retaining structure with pad for equipment, screened trash enclosure and parking lots for visitors and staff. This park-like setting invites visitors to gather and wait for the next scheduled ranger program.