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Bryson Park Activity Building and Structures

Bryson Park

Bryson Park is a new 68 acre park in Lilburn, Georgia. In addition to walking trails, multipurpose fields, soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, the design program consisted of multiple structures, including an activity building with interactive fountain, a restroom-shelter at the teen recreation area, concession-restroom buildings at the multipurpose field complex and soccer complex, and a maintenance building. All of the buildings in the original project program were constructed except the activity building.

A focal point in the original park design was the activity building with interactive fountain. The activity building program included community meeting rooms and a classroom with support spaces. The activity building design concept features conditioned spaces and outdoor shaded areas under a large dramatic roof elements. A geothermal mechanical system and a 396 panel, 95 kW photovoltaic solar rooftop array complemented the highly efficient insulated metal panel building envelope design. Had it been constructed, this LEED-registered facility would have been Gwinnett County’s first net zero energy building, producing as much or more energy over the course of a year as it consumed.

Activity Building Design Strategies:
• Optimal solar orientation of the building
• Control of solar heat gain
• Daylighting
• High performance building envelope utilizing insulated metal panels
• Vertical well geothermal mechanical system
• High albedo roof to reduce heat-island effect and cooling load
• Roof top solar array
• Low VOC materials for the interior

Gwinnett County, Georgia


Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation

Project Metrics
Activity Building – 9,610 SF conditioned, 18,473 SF roof
Other Structures – 8,196 SF

Activity Building – $2.4 million bid
Other Structures – $770,875 cost