Friday, November 21, 2014

Our Field Trip to the Water Treatment Plant and Ellis Square

We had a beautiful day today to visit the Presidents Street Water Treatment Plant.  Seeing the dirty influent water go through the facility and emerge as clean effluent water was quite an amazing site!  Thank-you to the great workers at the plant who gave us the tour.

Presidents Street Water Treatment Facility

After our time at the water treatment plant we took the bus over to Ellis square.  We had a quick lesson on architectural features found in many Savannah buildings.  With the help of some measurement tools (and our knowledge of indirect measurement) we were able to estimate the hight of the Cay building!  We ended our day with a picnic in the square and a walk around City Market.

Ellis Square

I hope you are filled with civic pride seeing Savannah at its best today.  Your city is filled with hard-working people (like those at the water treatment plant) who help keep Savannah running smoothly so we can enjoy places like City Market.

Field Trip Fun!

UPDATE (Nov. 22): The architect of the Cay Building, Christian Sottile, learned of our trip, and would like to share with your the following information about the building:

...the design is concentrated on providing different scales of legibility and viewing.  One scale is from a distance with the design of the strong cornice and the deep shadow lines, as well as the patterns created by the Serliana (Palladian) window motif.  This allows the structure to engage in the Savannah skyline with distinction as a taller building. The other scale is that of the pedestrian up-close.  The human scale.  Here, the attention to finer-grained detail at the street level includes embellishments like the engraved street names, detailed lanterns, canopies, street trees, street clock, etc.

Students may also note from the square how the strong color differentiation between base middle and top help to relate it to surrounding buildings.  The base levels are intentionally aligned with the building on the neighboring Trust Block to the south.

Of course, also of interest is that the structure is built over a four-storied underground parking structure--meaning that effectively you are looking at a ten-storied building.  This as you know made construction a real challenge, but the result is a balanced plan with parking out of sight and public space where it belongs--in the square.

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