Journey to the Final Frontier: An architect’s account of the design and construction process (part 6)

Architect’s Log Star Date 02.22.13

Been a while since I have posted. Sorry for the time warp, but things have been sort of crazy. We successfully submitted the project for a building permit on January 28th. Very shortly afterwards, Bass Pro Shops decided there needed to be a significant change on the layout of the project so that put us in an awkward position with the city plan reviewers: either let them review the plans we submitted which are no longer relevant and then re-submit new ones which will need a re-review, or notify the plan reviewers of the upcoming change and let them ‘sit’ on the old plans while we made the changes and resubmitted. We chose the latter, mainly to hopefully not lose their trust right away.

Also during this period the project was going before county commission for a zoning hearing which would slightly increase the allowable square footage and re-configure the site circulation pattern. The commission approved the project February 4th with praise for the team on their presentation, and it was noted that this ought to be the new standard for what is expected by new retail developments. Kudos to the design team at Bass Pro and CRW.

The week of February 11th, I made another trip to Kansas City and Anchorage to meet with the team members to review our revised drawing package. On February 15th, we resubmitted Package 1 of the plans to the municipality for plan review. This package mainly consisted of demolition work and structural re-work of the existing buildings. We also began the process of working on the next phase of drawings which will include most of the exterior shell drawings as well as the revised MEP work.

The contractor, Timberlake Construction, has now mobilized their superintendent and project manager, and they have started the process of lining up sub-contractors and suppliers as well as housing and temporary office space for the project. They discovered our first unknown condition – the fact that Old Navy left many of their store fixtures in the space, and now we will be required to remove and dispose of them.

On February 25th, a presentation will be made to several representatives from the Alaska Native Heritage Center to review how local cultural, historic and architectural features are being considered for incorporation into the final design. And on February 26th I’ll be in Anchorage once again to meet with the team on progress of Package 2. this time, however, it’s not a quick turn around for me, I’ll be staying the rest of the week with my wife, visiting some friends and getting a chance to see the start of the Iditarod race!

Stay tuned for a report after those meetings and the week in Anchorage.