Design Commission - Minutes Wednesday, June 12, 2013
CALL TO ORDER:
Chair Richard Erwin called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington.
Chair Richard Erwin and Commissioners Susanne Foster, Nadine Laszlo, Lara Sanderson, and Tami Szerlip were present. Vice-Chair Colin Brandt and Commissioner Hui Tian both arrived at 7:03 PM.
Scott Greenberg, Development Services Group Director; George Steirer, Principal Planner; Kelly Leonard, Assistant City Attorney; Travis Saunders, Planner; and Shana Crick, Planner, were present.
MEETING MINUTES APPROVAL:
The Design Commission reviewed the minutes from the May 29, 2013 special meeting. Commissioner Szerlip motioned to approve the minutes. Commissioner Laszlo seconded the motion. The minutes were approved unanimously as written.
REGULAR BUSINESS: AGENDA ITEM #1 – Second Study Session for Sound Transit Light Rail Station to be located within the Interstate 90 Right-of-Way between 77th Avenue SE and 80th Avenue SE
Travis Saunders provided the staff presentation to the Design Commission. The Commission did not have any questions for staff.
Paul Cornish of Sound Transit discussed the engineering of the light rail project with the Design Commission.
David Hewitt of Hewitt Seattle spoke to the Commission about the form and design of the proposed station.
Pablo Schugurensky of META ARTE and of Sound Transit’s Lead Artist Team gave a presentation addressing art at the Mercer Island station.
Cynthia Padilla, Architect for Sound Transit, delineated the schedule for the project.
Chair Erwin requested public comments at 7:31 PM. No members of the public gave comment.
Cynthia Padilla responded to questions from the Design Commission. Debora Ashland, Director of Architecture and Art for Sound Transit, also answered questions from the Commission.
Councilmember Mike Cero provided comments to the Commission regarding the proposal.
Sound Transit anticipates returning to the Design Commission in late 2013 for a third study session.
AGENDA ITEM #2 – Study Session for Island Park Elementary Portable Classrooms located at 5437 Island Crest Way
The staff report was presented by Travis Saunders. No questions were asked of Mr. Saunders by the Design Commission.
Liz Leroy of Allied Construction Management gave a presentation and responded to questions from the Design Commission. The Design Commission provided feedback to Ms. Leroy.
Travis Saunders discussed with the Design Commission the changes and additional items requested of the applicant for the June 26, 2013 meeting. The Design Commission’s requests include:
Provide more detail regarding the entry canopies.
Submit a detailed lighting plan that provides for rear lighting and the lighting of walkways, if necessary for school programming.
Provide a more detailed vegetation plan that includes vegetable/planter boxes at the entryways to the portable classrooms.
Use groundcover to connect the portable classrooms to the main school building.
Incorporate seating into the landscaping plan.
Provide a master plan for the portable classrooms that illustrates the future layout and indicates the total number of units.
Clarify the aesthetic impacts and indicate the proposed design direction of the foundation on the north side.
AGENDA ITEM #3 – Study Session for Mercer Island High School Concession Stand and Athletic Conferencing Building located at 9100 SE 42nd Street
Shana Crick provided a brief staff report for this item. The Design Commission did not have any comments for staff.
Liz Leroy of Allied Construction Management gave a presentation and responded to questions from the Design Commission. Colleen Hazelrigs, also of Allied Construction, responded to additional questions from the Design Commission. The Design Commission provided feedback to Ms. Leroy and Ms. Hazelrigs.
Shana Crick summarized the comments from the Design Commission, which includes the following:
Provide school colors (maroon and white) as accents on the proposed structure.
Incorporate garbage and recycling areas into the design.
Additional landscaping is not required for the proposal.
Horizontal siding is preferred, with no pressed texture.
A Council Liaison report was not given.
Staff had no additional comments.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is June 26, 2013. Vice-Chair Brandt will be absent.
ADJOURNMENT: Chair Erwin adjourned the meeting at 9:32 PM.