First Design Charette Successful!

In Central Substation, In the News by Annie Rzepecki

IMG_3501On Wednesday, December 7th, the BWL held its first of three design charettes to gather community input on the look and feel of the screen wall that will surround the new central substation.

There were about 35 people in attendance at the Depot from 6-8 p.m. Bob Ford from LAP Inc. and Ken Jones and his team from Studio [Intrigue] Architects, led participants through a presentation which included a background summary of the project as well as an interactive design session.

The intended outcomes of the meeting were successfully and masterfully accomplished:

Community Engagement ~ Ken Jones (Studio Intrigue) and Bob Ford (Landscape Architecture and Planners) facilitated an informative presentation that framed an interactive creative session with the approximately 20 community participants.

Wall Height Preferences ~ Wall height in the 18’ range was the general consensus of the group. The collaborative discussion included variations for wall height include considerations of “graded walls”, shape variety and decorative elements that add dimension to the “feeling” of the wall.

Material Composition Ideas ~ Various material combinations were shared with the participants and the presentation balanced the pros and cons of the material options. Ultimately, the COMMUNITY designed various concept renderings that will permit further architectural development.

During the interactive design portion of the evening, participants were able to make suggestions on wall height and type of building material and see the wall designed right before their eyes.

Post-event feedback indicates that community participants appreciated the “create-on-the-spot” interaction. The creative session resulted in several COMMUNITY-DESIGNED concept renderings – general designs including combinations of materials and wall finishes. The Central Substation Architectural Team will develop the community designs and present the refined options at Charrette #2 which will be held at the Depot on Wednesday, January 18th.

In the interim of the Community Charrettes, community members are encouraged to continue the creative process and share their ideas by sending them to Annie Rzepecki, Community Relations Coordinator, at Additionally, creative sessions can be scheduled with Studio Intrigue to support an inclusive process. Those can also be scheduled by contacting Annie.

CLICK HERE to view the charette presentation.