As expected after receiving high marks from the Campus Planning Staff during the design review, the SEC and Plaza were approved by the Campus Planning Committee yesterday. There were only two minor conditions added for additional ADA parking directly behind the SEC, which were already under discussion between the Office of Equity and Inclusion and Facilities Services.
Design Development on the SEC continues next Wednesday and the project is now approved so that Opsis can prepare documents for the Historic District Commission’s review this Fall. With each step, students are a bit closer to their long-held dream of a new facility and improved campus event resources.
-Michael Henthorne, Director
Campus Planning Committee Notes:
Student Experience Center (SEC) Approval – July 23, 2012
Attendance: 12 committee members and 15 visitors
James Meyers of Opsis Architecture presented a 30 page slide show on the overview of the SEC project
- Project description, location and traffic patterns
- Plaza and Canopy Cover
- ADA and Bicycle Parking
- Relationship to Historic District
- ADA access to building from all four sides, first floor lobby
- Fire & Safely Vehicle Access
- Roof structure and look
Canopy Rain Drainage
- Rain water will be collected in a closed system
ADA Parking, Underground
Not considered…. but there are a number of mitigating reasons why it would be extremely expensive to consider:
- poor soil on the site is prone to liquefaction during an earthquake,
- high water table,
- structural column placement efficient for upper floors is not conducive to efficient parking below
- cost 10 times higher than building a parking structure
ADA Parking, More spots next to the building
- The budget carries a total of 13 ADA parking spots to replace the 5 currently in the parking lot. At present, the plan shows a number of parking options under consideration. Four are behind Waldo Hall, two behind the SEC, four are possible at the NE corner of Langton, and three north of the brick mall. Campus Planning Committee preferred six ADA spots behind the SEC.
What about arched windows to match the Memorial Union?
- Considered was given to not take away from the prominence of the Memorial Union by copying it too much. The window design currently in the plan is similar to other buildings in the historic district and the surround of the windows is recessed to match the Memorial Union.
The original design of the lobby had a stairway seating plan.
- That has been removed from the plan
Automobile traffic flow on campus once the SEC opens
- A consulting firm has been hired by OSU to look at overall traffic patterns including cars, bicycles and pedestrians.
Conditional approved was unanimous with two conditions:
- That a minimum of six ADA parking space be worked into the plan directly behind the SEC
- That all ADA parking spaces on the east side of the SEC have direct access to the Jefferson Street entrance of the SEC