Monday, October 1, 2007

Uintah Western Heritage Museum & Regional History Center

The new architectural conceptual master plan is available for download and review! This also features the interpretive exhibit design in the exterior garden. Please write for user name and password, if you don't have it already, so that you can access these images, documents and movies.

The ones we want you to see are in the last 3 folders on that page.
Once you've had a chance to look these over, we invite you to post your feelings and thoughts here. For those of you who would like to respond privately, please write or call us.

Thanks for tuning in!
Patrick & Anne

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Patrick McMillan, Designer said...

From Kurt Daenitz:
Oct. 2, 2007 11:07:49 AM CD

I just finished viewing the movies.
My impression is the design is achieving a very nice balance of architectural variety, three dimensional integration of the various period elements, and a resulting visual impression of interest and usability. I imagine the committee will have plenty of ideas on how the interior and exterior spaces can serve the community.
Very intriguing refinements,

October 2, 2007 10:51 AM  
Patrick McMillan, Designer said...

From Evan Baker, by teleconferene
Oct. 3, 2007 3:30PM

1) Noise from traffic on the street was already bad and prevented us from conducting classes outdoors at the library. The front eating/waiting/activity areas will suffer from the traffic.
We agreed that this would be a problem, and that we had considered making the berm which borders the sidewalk higher. Careful planting can also block some of this noise and create a visual barrier.

2) The elevator pump/control room would be best if placed in a non-noise-sensitive area. Outside? On roof? Away from classrooms/meeting rooms or quiet rooms.

3) Artifacts entering the museum should first stay isolated from other artifacts so that contaminants don't enter museum.isolation room. As drawn, shared shop/isolation room is not as desirable as separate rooms for each of these functions.

4) Cleaning area should have an exhaust fan with hood.

5) Archival storage should not be on an outside wall.
We agreed that this is preferable where possible. Will ask architect to consider a hallway to isolate archival storage spaces from the west wall, at the expense of storage space. An earlier version of this plan included this feature. Alternate plan of adding extra insulation along that wall to be considered as well.

6) Elevators used for exhibit transport should be larger than ADA requirements
to maximize flexibility. Passages to them and from them should avoid tight corners.

7) Western Heritage artifacts that don't make it into the story-line exhibits may need larger cases than what are drawn. Evan will confirm size requirements of largest artifacts.

October 3, 2007 11:31 PM  

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