Though simpler and less expensive than public

buildings, utilitarian structures—such as

warehouses, barracks, and trash enclosures—

should relate to the scale, rooflines, color,

texture, and architectural detailing of visitor,

recreation, and administration buildings in

the same national forest.

• Separate utility buildings from visitor

facilities and public byways.

• Screen utilitarian structures from public

view with native vegetation, landforms,

and constructed screens.

• Provide high-quality workspaces by

including day-lighting, natural ventilation,

and appealing outdoor spaces.


Figure of a well organized, simple, utilitarian building conforming to the architectural guidelines of the province.


This figure of an effective maintenance building includes the following:

• Expressed building structure

• Building color blends with environmental/cultural context

• Inexpensive detail adds to building character

• Door setback increases shadows & visual

character of building

• Roof extends to create shadow line

• Covered building entry

• Covered outdoor work area in appropriate


• Landscaping buffer from public areas


Figure of an effective typical work center includes the following:

• Entry drive offset to minimize

views to facility

• Landscape buffer

• Perimeter security fence as

needed. Vines on fence for

visual screening

• Adequate space provided for

vehicle turning movements

• Required Clear Zone around

hazardous materials




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