Chesapeake Utilities Campus: Design Details

As the Chesapeake Utilities new Dover Campus nears substantial completion in the Spring of 2018, we begin to see the attention to detail emerge throughout the project. We can’t wait to share the overall project completion with you later this year, but in the meantime, we want to take this opportunity to feature some of the underlying design details that come together to create this beautiful project.

NATURAL ZINC PANEL FACADE

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The zinc panel patterns featured on the main building facade began with an efficient framing dimension for the rain screen system.   Although the pattern was derived from cost-effectiveness, we took the opportunity to highlight the subtle irregularity of the natural zinc finish through an irregular panel pattern.  The subtle variations caused by zinc oxidation process will continue to change as the panels develop their natural patina.

A MASONRY PATTERN LANGUAGE

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The brick pattern featured in the main lobby of the new office building is a Flemish bond, typical of the traditional historic masonry buildings throughout downtown Dover.  The choice to go with this traditional pattern for the brickwork was rooted in the very history of Chesapeake Utilities in Dover, Delaware.  The Corporation traces its roots in Dover all the way back to 1859, when the company opened its doors as the Dover Gas Light Company.

The new Dover Campus will now be home to several different subsidiaries within the corporation, including Eastern Shore Natural Gas and Chesapeake Utilities.  You can read more about the design and consolidation process here.

DAYLIGHTING

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When walking through the new warehouse, it is striking how bright this industrial space feels.  It’s also surprising to realize that the space is illuminated right now entirely by natural light.

The space will eventually receive artificial lighting to ensure that Chesapeake can use the warehouse when natural light levels are inadequate, but we’re happy to see that we succeeded in our effort to provide even, natural daylight throughout the space.

TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES

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Chesapeake Utilities asked the Tevebaugh team to research, design, and feature cutting edge technology in this facility in the form of natural gas-fired variable refrigerant heat pump systems.  We worked closely with Chesapeake Utilities throughout the design process to determine the most effective implementation of these systems throughout the facility.

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In addition to optimizing the energy use of the building through natural gas-fired equipment, we saw this as the perfect opportunity to design an easily accessible rooftop space where Chesapeake can promote the advantages of these new VRF systems.

Check back later this year for the final project photos!