Romtec recently completed construction on this “turnkey” pavilion project for the USDA Forest Service, Toketee Campgrounds in the Umpqua National Forest. This project is “in our backyard” so to speak, as the project site is less than an hour up the road. This project for the Forest Service is the most recent project Romtec has completed for this district. A few years ago, Romtec supplied a waterless Traditional Single restroom model that included log siding and a log porch. Just like with the previous project, the Forest Service wanted this pavilion to include aesthetic options that would enhance the visitor experience in the Umpqua National Forest.
The addition of this dimensional timber pavilion was included as part of a project to enhance the day-use area of the Toketee Campgrounds. In addition to the pavilion, the Forest Service will add a large fire pit and barbeque area. The design of the pavilion is intended to correspond with these other project elements. Notably, the pavilion includes a continuous handrail that extends around the majority of the structure. This rail was included to create a dedicated space for group events that would provide a private and cozy space, but would also be open to the new barbeque pits.
Another aesthetic element that was included with this pavilion design was the “shake” metal roofing. The Forest Service personnel really liked this style of roof because it provides a rustic appearance. They also liked that it was metal roofing because it is more affordable to supply and install, and it is much easier and cheaper to maintain. The solid wood structure includes dimensional lumber posts, timber trusses, tongue & groove roof decking, and the previously mentioned handrails. These wood components blend this pavilion with the surrounding forests at the Toketee Campgrounds.
Aside from the design and supply elements of this structure, Romtec provided the Forest Service with two other substantial advantages. The first advantage that the Forest Service received was the ability to purchase this structure through Romtec’s GSA contract. Purchasing through the GSA allows federal organizations to purchase products without going out to bid. The GSA contract also provides federal purchasers with negotiated discounts on products listed in the contract. Using the GSA contract saved the Forest Service time and money on this project.
The next advantage offered by Romtec was the ability to receive this pavilion as a “turnkey” project with Romtec Construction. Romtec completely designed, supplied, delivered, and constructed this complete project, giving the Forest Service a fast and simple “one-stop shop” approach for this project. Using Romtec Construction saves customers time and money by utilizing our construction experience with our products and by avoiding expenses from adding additional company services.
In the grand scheme of Romtec’s design, supply, and construction capabilities, this project is fairly small, but it is a tremendous example of the capabilities that we offer to federal purchasers. Romtec has done a substantial number of projects for the Forest Service over the years, and this pavilion is a great example of its commitment to providing great-looking, valuable facilities on federal lands across the country.