Madison Homeless Shelter Community Meeting Presentation (November 21, 2013)

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Madison Homeless Shelter Community Meeting Presentation (November 21, 2013)

  1. 1. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District
  2. 2. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Madison School, 1900 Madison Shelter Landscape and Exterior Restoration 35%
  3. 3. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District landscape Design objectives: Create a pleasant exterior space for shelter users • • • • Secure feeling Some connection to street for security Accessible to mobility-impaired Durable and low maintenance Maintain existing levels of site security (fencing) with more residential-appropriate fencing Be a good neighbor: good design makes good neighbors
  4. 4. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District landscape Sustainability objectives Keep run-off on site (LID) Use native plants: for hardiness and lower maintenance once established. Native plants function much like a natural system, with diverse plants providing food and shelter for a host of birds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Landscaping with native plants is recommended for Chesapeake Bay health Minimize light pollution
  5. 5. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Historic Preservation Objectives Landscape: • Use forms and materials consistent with the building and its time; appropriate for the Capitol Hill Historic District Building: Improve historic integrity of the building: • Remove paint from pressed brick if possible • Repoint entire building, repairing cracks etc. at the same time • Repaint common brick to “brick color” • Paint trim cream or buff color per its original color. • Restore windows • Provide sensitive security: • “L’Enfant plan” basement security • Screen security at first and second floors • Remove building-mounted security lighting • Improve entrances: make more appropriate to historic building • Improve canopy/ies
  6. 6. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Other program needs (health/safety/welfare) • Replace retaining wall • Improve structural stability of stair areaways • Upgrade guard and hand railings at stair area ways.
  7. 7. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District landscape image Urban forest in Washington, DC Context: Late 19th c. school building in Capitol Hill Historic District
  8. 8. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Washington, DC • The L’Enfant plan: a grid with superimposed Baroque diagonals • The grid/diagonal pattern pulled apart, the natural showing through the “made” • The grid/diagonal pattern interrupted to its south at a major element: the Rivers
  9. 9. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District
  10. 10. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Landscape: Design responses Secure feeling Some connection to street for security Maintain existing levels of site security (fencing) with more residentialappropriate fencing Use of green screen fencing provides a degree of transparency from the street while also providing security, incorporating additional vegetation, and being more residential.
  11. 11. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Landscape: Design responses Accessible to mobility-impaired Accessible entrance to yard area at west end. 1:20 sloping sidewalk avoids railings etc. required for a 1:12 ramp. All surfaces in yard will have maximum cross slope of 1:50.
  12. 12. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Landscape: Sustainability response Minimize impervious areas/ maximize site permeability LID: infiltrate, evapotranspire and reuse stormwater Decentralized small areas to treat runoff close to where created Goal: retain first ½” of rain fall on site Extensive use of 30” spaced pavers for “patio” spaces
  13. 13. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Impervious Areas
  14. 14. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Pervious Paving
  15. 15. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Landscape: Sustainability response Keep as much run-off on site as possible Minimize impervious areas/ maximize site permeability Maximize use of trees for storm water management (both on site and street trees)
  16. 16. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Red circles indicate new proposed trees Landscape: Sustainability response Keep as much run-off on site as possible Minimize impervious areas/ maximize site permeability Maximize use of trees (both site and street) for storm water management
  17. 17. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District landscape image: Urban forest Two large shade trees (one Maple and one American Elm) with densely planted understory trees (Redbuds) these Kousas are 8’ apart
  18. 18. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Trees
  19. 19. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Landscape: Sustainability response Keep as much run-off on site as possible Divert as much roof water from combined sewer as possible, using water feature Proposed landscape drawing “Decorative trench drains” from two of the roof downspouts
  20. 20. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Planted Areas
  21. 21. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Landscape: Sustainability response Use native plants “New American Landscape” Plant list Eastern Redbud Single Trunk Willow Oak American Elm Butterfly Milkweed Tangerine Beauty Cross Vine Blue Mist Fothergilla Oakleaf Hydrangea Creeping St. Johns Wort St. Johns Wort Virginia Sweetspire Muhly Summersweet Grow-Low Fragrant Sumac
  22. 22. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Landscape: Sustainability responses: Minimize light pollution • Use a number of smallish (about 8’ tall) pole lights on site • Use fixtures that direct light down instead of up or flooding providing a more pleasant quality of light than the typical security light • Multiple fixtures provide fixture backup If one goes out you don’t lose all the light security
  23. 23. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Lighting
  24. 24. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Landscape Historic Preservation Responses: Use forms and materials consistent with the building and its time; appropriate for the Capitol Hill Historic District or if an element is not original to the building, it should be of its time Materials: • Concrete for walking surfaces is one of the traditional paving materials used on Capitol Hill. • Sidewalk strategies to enhance permeability as already developed and implemented on Capitol Hill • Bluestone is a traditional public space material
  25. 25. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Other program needs (health/safety/welfare) • Replace retaining wall • Improve structural stability of stair areaways • Upgrade guard and hand railings at stair area ways.
  26. 26. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Building: Historic Preservation objectives Improve historic integrity of the building: • • • • • • Remove paint from pressed brick if possible Repaint common brick to “brick color” Paint trim cream or buff color per its original color. Restore windows Provide security sensitively Remove building-mounted security lighting
  27. 27. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Building: Historic Preservation objectives Improve entrances: make more appropriate to historic building
  28. 28. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Building: Historic Preservation objectives Improve historic integrity of building: • Improve canopy/ies
  29. 29. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Building: Historic Preservation objectives Possibly restore roof cresting: (budget dependent)
  30. 30. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Building: Provide security sensitively • Add security screens to first and second floor windows that look like insect screens (on Madison only the bottom half of window) • Add window grilles at basement level only to regularize the facade McKinley HS
  31. 31. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Building: Existing West Facade
  32. 32. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Building: Existing North Facade
  33. 33. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Building: Proposed West Facade Trees are shown at 5-10 years after planting
  34. 34. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Building: Proposed North Facade Trees are shown at 5-10 years after planting
  35. 35. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Next Steps • Historic Preservation Office reviews throughout design process • Submission of Agency and Community Comments to architrave • 65 % Design Development Community Review Meeting – January 2014 • 100% Construction Documents Community Review Meeting – March 2014 • DCRA and Other Regulatory Agency Permitting Process for Construction Documents
  36. 36. Elevating the Quality of Life in the District Design Team • architrave p.c. architects -Architect • AMT – Landscape Design and Civil Engineers • Robert Silman & Associates – Structural Engineers • JVP Engineers – Electrical Engineering • Froehling and Robertson – Geotechnical and Hazardous Materials

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