During the midterm review today, I got a lot of helpful and specific feedback on how to move my design forward and create a more functional space.
Dabney Sanders from Action Greensboro on the Greenway liked my idea for shared apartment storage on the 3rd floor of the building, and encouraged me to provide a communal space for the apartments, which I plan to provide with a roof terrace. She noticed one window in the pharmacy retail space that I plan to fix.
Jo gave me lots of helpful feedback for specific things in my design. She suggested that I add more character and details from my concept to the bike racks on the wall, as well as incorporating some of these details in the lowered ceiling above the pharmacy counter. The lowered area over the pharmacy could also be used for signage or an interesting statement feature. Jo noted that the pharmacy counter needs to be raised to provide a more comfortable height for pharmacists as well as for privacy. The pharmacy counter also needs more of a kick space below. She also said that I need to accentuate the cash wrap in the bike shop more, and lighting will certainly help with that. She spotted door swings that were going the wrong way in my basement egress that I will fix. Jo also noticed that the wood flooring planks were too large in my drawings, which I will scale down for the next deliverables.
I spoke to both Robert Cudd and Todd from the City of Greensboro's inspections department about my plans. They both thought that my stairs, layout, plumbing, and mechanical worked well and that was accessible. Robert told me to think about the material that I will use for the roof in the storage and terrace area as to not be a safety hazard for tripping. He also told me to double check that my apartments meet the maximum travel distance to an exit.
Jerry Leimenstoll encouraged me to think more about how I will use lighting to highlight specific objects in my spaces. He told me to highlight the bikes that I am trying to display while minimizing the overall ambient light to give a more dramatic effect. He told me to go to The Fresh Market in Greensboro to look at the strategies that they use to light items in the space. I also talked to him about the location of my new pulley system in the bike shop for lowering bikes to the basement. He told me to think more about the sense of entry when a user comes into the space and where the ideal location would be to make it accessible to both entrances without being a safety hazard.
Grad student Lauren Postlmayr also gave me some great solutions to floor plan issues. She told me to make the bike shop office smaller so that the area behind the cash wrap can be used for display or another function. She also told me to reduce the length of my shelving in the pharmacy so that it is not directly behind the lunch counter area. This way I could add a table and chairs to the lunch counter area to provide additional seating besides at the counter. Lauren suggested sliding doors for the apartment closets to save space. She also told me to push furniture in the apartments more towards the walls because there is not an adequate path to the windows. She also noted some door locations that needed to be changed a bit to make more usable space.
Chelsea Epes told me that I should poche my section perspective the same color that I poched my floor plans in, which I think would give the presentation a more cohesive look. She also told me to label the rooms in my floor plans which would be helpful to those reading my board.
Anna Hambly enjoyed my bike racks in the bike shop as well as the angled pharmacy counter. She thought that they related well to my concept. She would like to see more detailed views of how they work. She noticed a few corrections on my floor plans such as walls that I need to poche and door swing corrections.
Matt Weikert indicated that I should develop the idea of having communal space on the roof and suggested that I have circulation leading through the storage area. He also threw out the idea of continuing the elevator up to the third floor to give accessibility to the roof and 3rd floor apartment.