SR 75/282 Public Workshops Scheduled for Tunnel and Portal Design Concepts

Date of Record: 2004-10-27
Public Workshops Scheduled for Tunnel and Portal Design Concepts
Tunnel Team Seeks Ideas From Community and Corridor Users
Coronado, CA (October 27, 2004) - "Colors, textures, lighting, architectural style, and how will it interface with the bridge?" These are some of the potential topics for discussion at the two public workshops scheduled by the City of Coronado to develop preliminary architectural design concepts for the State Route 75/282 Transportation Corridor Tunnel Project. Preliminary design concepts will be utilized for preparation of the "Visual Impacts" section of the environmental document (EIS/EIR) that is currently underway on this project.

The first public workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Coronado Police Department Emergency Operations Center, 700 Orange Avenue, Coronado. This will be a brainstorming session to develop preliminary architectural design concepts for both the tunnel itself, as well as the tunnel portals. The project architect will provide information and project examples, contextual issues and factors, design criteria and key design elements. Tunnel interior finishes and lighting and portal structure are major aesthetic elements of the project, and this is an opportunity for the community to participate in discussion of these elements.

The follow-up workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2004, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Based on the input received at the first workshop, the architect will develop conceptual tunnel and portal design approaches and concepts for further community review and discussion. Preliminary concept sketches will be developed. The preliminary sketches will be discussed and further refined over the next several months.

"The proposed Coronado Tunnel is not simply a roadway structure serving motor vehicles," said City Manager Mark Ochenduszko. "It is also an element of a landscape with important visual significance to the community and users of the corridor. Sensitivity to and careful consideration of its context are necessary prior to development of the functional design of the tunnel interior and portals."

The general public, users of the SR75/282 transportation corridor, and members of the city's design review, public arts, historic preservation and tunnel committees and commissions are encouraged to participate. This is the beginning of the design process for this long-term project, and your ideas are important!