We designed this $12 million water treatment facility project, sited in a residential community with a park immediately adjacent and a school nearby, with the surrounding community at the plan's core. We sought to make an important public educational tool out of this 83,000 square foot complex.
Key Project Considerations
Take what could be considered a dauntingly large industrial project and transform it into an open, dynamic dialogue between the facility and its users
Project Successes Achieved Through Design
A major element of the design intent was for the school children and the people of the community passing by to gain a quick, fundamental understanding of how their water system works and how it is integrated into their lives
The design therefore included graphic communication panels alongside the exterior of the building, color-coded to correspond with tanks, machinery and other processing elements within the facility to illustrate how the water treatment process takes place
The exterior of the complex was glazed so the community would have a transparent view of the process within the building, and this community educational component was continued within the building