The discussion took some interesting turns leading up to the
In addition to the two-foot thick walls and 12-inch-thick roof around the auditorium to prevent sound leaking in from the surrounding traffic on
Board staff had recommended the windows be transparent to make them more "active" for the people passing by, although giving performers more exposure than they bargained for was clearly not their intention.
"We feel you'll be able to see people inside, you just won't be able to see people walking around naked," Shay said.
The recommendation from staff was among others made by board members before the plan was allowed to move forward to the next phase of the review process, which will scrutinize the design details of the building.
As part of the approval motion, board members had requested that Shay consider increasing the height of the spire that extends above the building's rotunda, while recently appointed member
Gunther also expressed concerns about the aesthetics of the center's
Shay said they plan to add features to keep the boulevard's appearance attractive.
"I have to be careful how I say this," he said. "We think a back side can be beautiful and we are working on that."
Noting that the
A representative from the
Shay said they intend to use slatted wood, glass and living green screens to "activate" the building.
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