CC Minutes - 10/18/06 Workshop
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CC Minutes - 10/18/06 Workshop
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Doug Macy, also on the design team, said there was an opportunity in this project to add to the “richness” of <br />the open space in Eugene. He commented that the open space would have to be thoughtfully done as the <br />building would not be a “24-hour building.” He related that the Park Blocks master plan committee <br />suggested that there be an active “programmable” space for all of the events and activities of the community <br />and that this might possibly be associated with City Hall. <br /> <br />Mr. Hacker showed conceptual design sketches of the building footprint and mass. He commented that the <br />circular structure of the Council Chamber appealed to the design team as a symbolic element that denoted a <br />sense of the importance of democracy in the City. <br /> <br />Design team member Ellen Teninty facilitated the discussion. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé asked if the drawings incorporated the concepts that the team brought up before. Mr. Hacker <br />affirmed that the team had done so, including the sun and wind angles that were discussed. He said the <br />design team was seeking the council’s feedback on the relationship of the buildings. <br /> <br />Mr. Hacker reviewed the options for whole block and half-block designs and designs that included or <br />excluded the police patrol. He noted that the ground floor square footage needs for the Eugene Police <br />Department (EPD) for a combined design would be 30,000 and without the patrol it was 10,000 square feet. <br /> <br />Mr. Hacker said one assumption was that one of the main drivers for the designs was sustainability. He <br />explained that the designs attempted to increase the amount of façade that faced north or south and to <br />decrease the façade that faced west or east. <br /> <br />In response to a question from Ms. Bettman, Mr. Hacker stated that the overall volume for the half-block <br />and full-block designs was essentially the same. <br /> <br />Suggesting the potential that police/essential services portions were sandwiched together with the rest of the <br />building, Mr. Pape asked whether more of the building must be designed to a different seismic requirement <br />than if police was side-by-side with the other functions. Mr. Hacker said that design team found it was <br />essentially impossible to stack police in a separate block and still meet the goals of efficiency, public access, <br />and sustainability. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé liked the Park Blocks option the design team discussed previously because it provided access to <br />that park and because of its proximity to the open area by the Hult Center for the Performing Arts (HCPA) <br />and the convention center. He asked if there was a scheme that would have an open area running diagonally <br />through the site to the open area by the HCPA. Mr. Hacker said it was possible. He noted that he had just <br />visited a new public library in Minneapolis that featured this design element. <br /> <br />Ms. Taylor thought the Police Department should be separate from the rest of the City Hall function. She <br />wondered, if there was a separate station, why the court could not be with it. Principle Facility Project <br />Manager Mike Penwell replied that it was possible, but the process on which the council and design team <br />embarked led to this point in the design work. <br /> <br />Regarding the half-block option that included patrol, Ms. Taylor felt it would seem more like one was going <br />into a “police station” rather than a city hall. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—City Council October 18, 2006 Page 2 <br /> Workshop <br /> <br />
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