Boy Scout Education and Program CenterIndianapolis, Indiana
Nestled into a wooded parcel of land at the corner of North Shadeland Avenue and Fall Creek Road on the Northeast side of Indianapolis, the Boy Scouts of America Education and Program Center serves as the headquarters for the Crossroads of America Council which serves Central Indiana. The approximately 25,000 square-foot facility houses about 55 council staff members and allows for on-site conferences, training for volunteers and scouts, as well as procurement of scout supplies at the retail shop.
The Boy Scouts have always been taught about good stewardship and conservation. As such, the project makes use of siting for solar access, passive heating, and natural daylight for frequently occupied spaces. In addition to the interior features, the site includes a man-made pond that is used for canoe training, and a system of trails with educational nodes for teaching opportunities. Through sustainable site features, such as bioswales and constructed wetlands, the stormwater runoff is less than the pre-development state and takes into consideration both on- and off-site stormwater entering the project site.