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Design Commission - Minutes     
Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Chairman Bryan Caditz called the meeting to order at 7:31 pm in the Council Chambers, 9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, Washington. 

Chairman Bryan Caditz, Vice Chairman Carla Weinheimer, Commissioners Lucia Pirzio-Biroli, Emmett Maloof and George Wittman were present.  Commissioner Scott Kuznicki was absent. Council Liaison Dan Grausz was absent.  There was a quorum.
Planner Jeff Thomas was present.
The minutes of June 13, 2007 were approved as amended by consent.  
Former Commissioners Marcia Dawson and Callie Ridolfi were recognized and presented a gift for their completed service with the Design Commission by Chairman Bryan Caditz.
Chairman Bryan Caditz introduced the study session agenda items by stating that these sessions are optional to the applicant to receive preliminary feedback from the Design Commission on design related issues.  These sessions do not constitute any action or approval by the Design Commission and the sessions are not open for public comment.  Other land use and/or environmental reviews will be required prior to a formal application for design review being submitted.
Agenda Item #1: PEAK Study Session
Ed Weinstein of Weinstein AU and Karen Kiest, Landscape Architect briefed the Design Commission on the PEAK proposal.  The applicants answered questions of the Design Commission regarding excavation and tree retention, the breakdown of deciduous and coniferous trees along the west elevation, where Madrona trees are located at the site, modulation and articulation of the west façade, building mass, location of the play area, incorporating sustainable elements into design and function of building, pedestrian and bicycle access to facility, emitting natural daylight into building and the use of the facility from people outside Mercer Island.
Agenda Item #2: 9555 SE Office Building Study Session
Arthur Chang of Freidheit and Ho Architects and Elizabeta Stacishin-Moura of the The Dwelling Company briefed the Design Commission on the 9555 SE Office Building proposal.  The applicants answered questions of the Design Commission regarding watercourse buffer requirements, landscaping, site access, parking, building height, building context to adjacent properties as well as streetscape and building massing.
Scheduled Absence of Commissioners:  Vice Chairman Carla Weinheimer will be absent for the upcoming July 11th meeting.  Commissioner Emmett Maloof will be absent for the upcoming July 11th, July 25th and August 8th meetings.
Next Regular Meeting: The next regularly scheduled Design Commission meeting is July 11, 2007.  There are no agenda items scheduled for this meeting.  
Chair Bryan Caditz adjourned the meeting at 10:10 PM

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