Harrington Beach State Park stretches along a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline in northeastern Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. The 638-acre park, previously a day-use-only facility without a campground, attracted 500 to 1,000 visitors each weekend during recent summers. In 2005 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources decided to add a campground, the first new state campground in more than 20 years, to accommodate Harrington Beach State Park’s many visitors, who include beachgoers, hikers, skiers, stargazers, and bird watchers.
The Wisconsin Division of Facilities Development and Management retained Ayres Associates and subconsultants Dorschner Associates and Powrtek Engineering, Inc., to design the new campground, including individual campsites, a group campsite, a unisex flush toilet/shower/well house building, a recreational vehicle dump station, a mound septic system to serve the shower building and another for the recreational vehicle dump station, a drinking water well and water distribution system, an emergency hand pump, six pit toilets, a new road system for the campground, and three parking areas.
During construction Ayres provided construction observation and administration services such as processing requests for information, processing change orders, construction progress meetings, on-site observation when required, and contractor/owner coordination.