Today: Two meetings on design of Atherton civic center


The last of a series of June meetings in Atherton to find out what residents and others who use its public buildings want in the design of a new civic center will be held on Tuesday, June 23.

The first meeting will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Atherton Library at 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane. The second, a Civic Center Advisory Committee meeting, is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Atherton council chambers, 94 Ashfield Road.

Architects Adam Woltag and Pauline Souza, the partners in the WRNS Studio architectural firm who are responsible for designing the civic center, have been soliciting feedback on possible concepts for the new complex.

At one of the first meetings, on June 3, they said the schemes are based on the master plan completed in March 2014, but consider information uncovered since then, including the location of a 36-inch-diameter water pipe running under the town's property.

The Civic Center Advisory Committee meeting will be a wrap-up of the feedback received in the neighborhood meetings by the architects. The committee is also scheduled to discuss and recommend a preferred alternative concept for the civic center.

Among other items to be discussed by the committee are: an underground garage, reuse of Town Hall; location of a cafe; parking access and distances to facilities, setbacks, and flexibility for future expansion.

The agenda for the Civic Center Advisory Committee is available on the town's website. The town also has a project page for the civic center project.

At an upcoming meeting, the architects will present the preferred alternative to the City Council for approval, before continuing with the schematic design phase of the project. That phase, expected to continue until October or November, will include room sizes and relationships, systems, interior spaces and preliminary elevations of the building exteriors.

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