Week 3: Keeping the Ball Rolling

Now three weeks into the Park Design, we have no time for stopping, it is full speed ahead. The ACE Design Build Group is making progress! This week was spent mostly pushing the design ideas forward and start finalizing them. Construction time is almost upon us!

 

Site Model Group

Existing Site
Existing Site

The site model group spent the week honing their model making skills by finishing a model of the existing site! They have also begun experimenting with modeling parts of the new site proposal as they are being finalized.

 

Site Plan Team

Hand Rendered Site Proposal
Hand Rendered Site Proposal

The site plan team has started working on the computer, making the site plan not only in CAD, but making a 3D Model in Sketchup. Of course, though we have been going full speed ahead on the computer, we couldn’t leave out a hand rendered site plan!

 

Design Features Team

Bench Proposal
Bench Proposal
Water Feature Sketch
Water Feature Sketch

The Design Features Team has narrowed down the features to the following: a rock climbing slide, a bubble bounce, a ‘Wilapa Tree’ Climbing Feature, and a water feature. Each of these features have been sketched, developed, and are starting to be digitized. Our next task: Refining them for the new site plan.

 

Park Precedent Site Visits

The Team
The Team

The group had a chance to visit 4 parks in Chicago. This was an invaluable, and super fun exercise to get us to think about what features/qualities are good/bad in a park. We plan to use the insights from this trip to refine our park design and bring it to the next level. As a special surprise, we also got our T-Shirts!

Heritage Green Park
Heritage Green Park
Mary Bartelme Park
Mary Bartelme Park
Skinner Park
Skinner Park
Union Park
Union Park

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