Saturday, November 7, 2009

EWEB Riverfront Design Options Meeting

As I reported in my October President’s Message, AIA-SWO members participated in a design charrette to brainstorm ideas for the future development of the Eugene Water & Electric Board’s 27-acre riverfront property. The utility intends to solicit the interest of developers for the unparalleled and historic site after its new Roosevelt Operations Center is completed in 2010. Toward this end, EWEB hired Rowell Brokaw Architects to lead a master planning process, which included the masterful orchestration of the October design charrette.

EWEB, its Community Advisory Team, and Rowell Brokaw hosted a very successful public meeting on September 30 to gather public opinion. The AIA-SWO charrette followed on October 3. The next public event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10 from 6:00-8:30pm at EWEB's headquarters (500 East 4th Avenue in Eugene). Based on the feedback gathered at the first public input session, the charrette, and from project research, Rowell Brokaw Architects will present site design options at the meeting. The design team will use the response to the options from those who attend to develop a rough draft of the riverfront master plan.

If you want a say in how it may be possible to create a vibrant, active, multi-use “people place” along Eugene’s downtown riverfront, do not miss this presentation. E-mail to register for the meeting. Light refreshments will be provided. Assisted listening, Spanish translation, and other accommodations are available with advance notice.

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