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Camp Tuckaho Dining Hall
Girl Scouts Council of Greater St. Louis
Troy, MO
Team Four Architects | 14 North Newstead Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, 63108 | phone 314.533.2200 fax 314.533.2203
The Project
TeamFour was selected by the Girl Scout Council of Greater St. Louis, the largest council in the country, to design a new dining hall for Camp Tuckaho. Located about an hour northwest of St. Louis, the camp is situated in a wooded landscape on gently rolling land. The building's main function is to provide food service, but it has also become the main gathering place at the camp.

Design
The building is set back from the camp road against a wooded ravine. Constructed of wood and masonry, the structure fits naturally into the surrounding environment. The entry to the building opens into a vestibule. The most apparent feature is the very large masonry hearth and gathering area. The fireplace separates the kitchen and serving area from the rest of the dining hall, by its massive physical presence. Windows and doors on three sides of the building contribute to the open feeling while allowing for natural light and air circulation.

This building is constructed of trusses with large laminated wood members and steel connection plates. The wood has a clear finish that contrasts with the black steel. Interior wall surfaces are plywood with a clear finish and trim strips in green. The materials used in this building were reviewed carefully to avoid as many environmental contaminates as reasonable. A commissioning process was specified to purge any remaining contaminates before occupancy.

Food Service
Equipped with a full commercial kitchen, the dining hall has the capacity to serve 300 campers. Set up to serve meals family style, there is an evident path of circulation with tables located around the perimeter and in the center of the dining area to allow for serving traffic by the campers.

Related Work
TeamFour also designed a new camping unit at Camp Tuckaho with a Savannah village theme. The camping unit includes five sleeping units to accommodate several girls each and a covered kitchen shelter with grill and storage lockers.