DESIGN - EXTERIOR DESIGN DECISION

City Council selected a Natural Integration Theme for the exterior design of the new facility. Specific design elements such as the style and type of materials to go on the building walls, what could go on the large tank walls (e.g. public art), and any additional public/pedestrian access points will be finalized potentially with help from an architect and additional community input once grant funding has been approved.  

 

The project team (Associated Engineering and City staff) developed and evaluated two options representing two different themes for the exterior design:

  1. Heritage Theme – Resembling the history and heritage of Powell River and Townsite

  2. Natural Integration Theme – Integrating with the natural environment around the facility

Initially, the project team was working towards only the Heritage theme, with three options for the look and feel of the exterior design (as presented and consulted on at the December 13, 2017 Open

House). However, upon further review of best practice information and feedback collected, a second Natural Integration theme emerged. Below are images for each theme.

Option #1 - Heritage Theme

Below are images of the Heritage Theme. Numbered in the first image are the following 9 key features of the Heritage Theme:

  1. The outline of a concrete hulk and wharf on the horizon connects to the Townsite's heritage and industrial waterfront. When viewed from Larch Avenue, walkways appear as gangways.

  2. A new staircase descending from the corner of Larch Avenue and Hemlock Street will provide improved access to the trail network and to First Beach.

  3. The Willingdon Beach Trail will pass in front of the new facility, providing unobstructed views of Malaspina Strait.

  4. A small park with picnic tables and Maple trees is reminiscent of the Garden City. Swimmers at First Beach will enjoy solar hot water showers during the summer months.

  5. The profile of a concrete hulk at anchor celebrates Powell River’s unique industrial heritage, in front of the Old Golf Course.

  6. At the stern of the hulk a staircase leads to a public viewing platform with binoculars and educational poster boards.

  7. Brick buildings are reminiscent of the Townsite’s history.

  8. A new staircase and trail will provide direct access to First Beach.

  9. Parking for visitors to First Beach.

Option #2 – Natural Integration Theme

 

Below are images of the Natural Integration Theme. Numbered in the first image are the following 9 key features of the Natural Integration Theme:

  1. An artistic living wall, green rooves, and landscaping will integrate the new facility into the natural landscape.

  2. A new staircase descending from the corner of Larch Avenue and Hemlock Street will provide improved access to the trail network and to First Beach.

  3. The Willingdon Beach Trail will pass in front of the living wall, providing unobstructed views of Malaspina Strait.

  4. A small park with picnic tables will provide open space for pubic enjoyment. Swimmers at First Beach will enjoy solar hot water showers during the summer months.

  5. An artistic green wall of living plants faces the ocean. This would be the largest green wall in North America.

  6. A gazebo on the Willingdon Beach Trail will provide a sheltered area for relaxation and viewing of Malaspina Strait.

  7. Buildings are clad in modern and sustainable wooden siding.

  8. A new staircase and trail will provide direct access to First Beach.

  9. Parking for visitors to First Beach.

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