by Ben Volpian…….
Why is Building 103 on the Truman Waterfront Park Quay important? Well, 2 major reasons: 1) The city, hopefully with help from the Tourist Development Council, is prepared to spend $5 million on the design and renovation project with preparations to begin in October. 2) If designed and renovated correctly, this building can be a great addition to not only the park, but also for the entire city.
Why do I say designed and renovated correctly? The way I see it, the building can or should be designed to be versatile and serve for a number of interesting activities including: Wedding Receptions, Meetings, a sound proofed Dance Hall, Parties for adults and kids and also for various community events and activities – as well as to contain a small Conch Café in the rear of the property. Some of these functions will be counted on for a Revenue Center as well as a go-to focal point of the city. The design should be one that will beautifully blend in with the surroundings of a somewhat rural city park, complement the nearby State Park, be classy yet simple and depending on the activity, guests can be equally comfortable in a tuxedo or evening dress or shorts and sandals.
The building, being adjacent to the Interactive Water Feature and Playground area, has a pavilion design on both sides and front of the building which can be used to provide shade for parents to sit and relax while watching their kids enjoy the Water Feature and Playground. Okay, that’s the Playground side of the building, now on the other side or Ocean side, you will get a spectacular view from both inside and out and just like the Playground side, the main premises will be fitted with large windows while the enclosed pavilion offers protection from bad weather and allows spill-off from events for people to take a break and get some fresh air.
The simple sketch as shown does not reflect any ‘window dressing’ such as blocks around the arches, a tiled roof, etc., but rather just a basic design. I will leave those drawings to someone else, and as far as HARC goes, this design keeps in mind the present shape of the existing building and at the same time, for example, reflects architecture around the island such as the Casa Marina’s arches.
Your next Truman Waterfront Advisory Board meeting is September 19, so let’s hear it if anyone has a better idea that I can pass on – and not renovating Building 103 is not an option as it appears it will happen sooner or later.
Editor’s Note: Ben Volpian is a member of the Truman Waterfront Advisory Board