Curlew Pond, Myles Standish State Forest

Department of Conservation and Recreation
Curlew Pond Comfort Station
Carver, MA

Scope: Schematic Design through Construction Administration.

Completion Date: 2012

Project Description:
Stephen Kelleher Architects, Inc. was the architect for a prototype comfort station bathhouse that was to service 50 campsites for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The first of these was constructed at the Curlew Pond Camp Area of Myles Standish State Forest in Carver, Massachusetts. The handicap accessible comfort station provides men’s and women’s washrooms, a family bathroom and four private shower rooms. The comfort station also provides an exterior sink for washing dishes and three rinse stations for bathers from the nearby pond. This facility replaced a comfort station that was originally built in the mid 1950’s. The project included the demolition of the former comfort station and the construction of a new septic system. The overall design has a New England flavor. Materials were carefully selected to provide the greatest durability while requiring the least maintenance possible. The building is constructed of concrete masonry units, the inside surface is glazed for hygienic purposes. A dark band of polished concrete masonry was included for accent. The building incorporates natural ventilation and daylighting. The ceilings and upper portions of the walls are clad inside with red cedar. All plumbing fixtures are controlled by sensors or timers in an effort to conserve water. Energy efficient hand dryers were provided to conserve resources.

Staff Assigned:
Stephen L. Kelleher, AIA
Principal In Charge

Patrick Quinlan, AIA – Project Architect