Stewardship is a building that fits seamlessly with its environment.

A National Natural Landscape, Cedar Bog is the largest and best example of a boreal and prairie fen complex in Ohio. When the Ohio Historical Connection decided to add an education center, they were concerned that building on the site may compromise this national treasure.

TRIAD was able to site the building in a way that respected, actively utilized, and improved the wetlands. Passive and active solar features (building orientation, brise soleil, solar panel, trombe wall) and automatic lighting reduce energy needs, and rain gardens offset runoff and filter water coming into and out of the building. As one of the most innovative onsite water treatment systems in Ohio, Cedar Bog’s system becomes an active part of the ecosystem and contributes to the ongoing preservation of the natural habitat.


“The biggest selling point to me is that everything you design is unique. It doesn’t scream ‘TRIAD designed me!’ The other firms have that ‘look.’ You separate yourselves from that. Cedar Bog needed a design that screamed ‘Cedar Bog!’ and you recognized that. Thank you!” –Sally Engle, The Cedar Bog Association