For more than two years a large group of Watergate homeowners has met as the CARS Committee (Common Area Renovations and Signs) for the purpose of guiding the proposed renovations. Our goal is to create a lighter, brighter and more modern environment within our limited budget. Huntsman Architectural Group has followed our guidelines and created a demonstration hallwayfor your review and comment during the month of October.
Community Meeting - Interior Renovations Presentation
Based on community feedback on the hallway renovations prototypes, the CARS committee is in the process of revising the paint colors and carpet samples and will provide updates to the WCA Board and community, along with its proposed plan for the lobby renovations.
This meeting is a great opportunity to see and comment on the revised paint and carpet choices and the proposed lobby renovation plan.
Please plan to attend this working session on January 24 and give your input!
Common Area Renovations and Fire Suppression Prototype
Option "A" - 8 Captain 3rd Floor Lobby to Unit E360
Option "B" - 6 Captain 3rd Floor Lobby to Unit E356
COMMON AREA RENOVATIONS AND SIGNS (CARS) Community Comment Period October 1-30, 2010. The WCA and CARS Committee are proud to present the prototype for the common area renovations and the fire suppression system located on the 3rd floor of E Building, between 6 and 8 Captain Drive. The prototype consists of two designs, Options A and B, each one including a carpet tile selection, coordinating paint samples, a unit door with surround finishes, unit ID signage, and light panel options with the new Watergate graphics. You will notice the new, brighter lighting in the hallway which includes down- and up-lit corridor fixtures, lobby landing down lights, four new exit signs, and two unit decorator lights. New paint colors are presented on the corridor walls, end walls, lobby landing walls, ceilings, and on two unit doors and two elevator doors. In the middle of the prototype area, there are a few feet of exposed fire sprinkler pipe and 120 feet of the proposed enclosure. You may visit the prototype any time between October 1 and October 30. There will be comment cards in the elevator landings at both 6 and 8 Captain, as well as at the WCA office. You can also give your comments at the WCA website. If you have questions or would like more information, members of the CARS Committee will guide a walk-through of the prototype two times during the month: Wednesday, October 13, at 6 p.m., and Sunday, October 24, at 11 a.m. Please meet by the elevator on the third floor at 8 Captain. We look forward to your feedback on the work presented. Jean Goldman and Judith Choate CARS Committee Co-Chairs
Questions and Answers
Question: What is the thought process behind the lighting design?
Elevator Lobbies– The lighting solution for the elevator lobbies was to locate several surface mounted simple decorative light fixtures in place of the existing down-lights to create a visual cue that you have arrived at the elevator. We also used high efficiency long-life (12,000 hours) light bulbs with excellent color rendering to improve overall brightness and provide more welcoming feeling for the space.
Corridors– The lighting solution for the corridors was to first increase the overall light level by using the existing light fixture locations. The new fixtures provide both up-light and down-light with soft white lenses on top and bottom of the fixture. These lenses also hide light bulb images and diffuse overall illumination diminishing harsh glare from the contrast between the brightest and the darkest spots in the corridor. The light bulbs used here are also high efficiency long-life (36,000 hours) with excellent color rendering.
Wall Sconce at Entry– The wall sconce solution is simple,has a high-end look, uses LED (50,000 hours) light bulbs and complements the soft light provided by the ceiling mounted light fixtures. The wall sconce solution creates an identity for each resident, it lights the unit address, and more importantly, it helps to illuminate visitors for the residents when viewing them from inside the unit.
Question: Why do only two doors have new paint colors, lights and door treatments and the rest don't? Answer: Only two doors received the full door surround treatment.The units at the end of the hallways had the doors painted the new door colors applicable for each option and the faux naugahide painted the proposed primary wall color so that the accent colors would be better presented and compared to the proposed wall colors.These six doors did not receive the full door surround mock up. The other units doors, lights and wallpaper surrounds remain unchanged. Question: Why are there different carpets tiles within each option? Answer: Each option has a patterned carpet tile down the corridor and a stripped pattern at the elevator and stairwell landing.The accent colors and different carpet patterns was intended to create a sense of place and notice of arrival at an exit and entrance point as part of the way finding plan.
Question: Will the door hardware be changed?
Answer: The budget does not allow or call for door hardware changes. If there was funding to change out the hardware, the Association would be obligated to install automatic door closures on each unit door which would add over $600,000 to the project.
Question: Why is there a metal enclosure and exposed pipes shown in the prototype?
Please contact Abante Plumbing at (510) 534-1636, or Gladiator Plumbing at (510) 533-6531 at the first sign of a backup to get the problem resolved. After those arrangements have been made, please notify WCA Property Patrol at (510) 772-5005 so that an incident report can be filed with WCA for management follow up.
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