FAQs > Building Structure and Design

  1. The buildings appear to have flat roofs. Given the problems we have had with flat roofs in the past, why was this type of roof chosen?
  2. Since we have such wonderfully abundant sunshine in this area, will the building be solar powered?
  3. These buildings will be state of the art in many ways. Will our older equipment still function with the new designs?
  4. If the equipment and machinery is updated, will employees still have the job skills to function in the new building environment?
  5. Will there be covered parking for employees and Community Members?
  6. There is only one restroom on each floor. Will this be adequate to support all the employees and public use?
  7. Will elders and physically challenged persons be able to access the buildings?
  8. Why are the employees not located on the third floor since they are most important?
  9. Has the building design provided the necessary room for wheelchairs to maneuver through the building easily?
  10. Why doesn’t the design depict the two equinoxes since it is so culturally significant?

1. The buildings appear to have flat roofs. Given the problems we have had with flat roofs in the past, why was this type of roof chosen?

The roofs appear to be flat but are actually sloped at a 3/8 inch per foot angle. This will provide ample run off and will prevent the type of standing water problems we may have experienced with flat roofs in the past.

2. Since we have such wonderfully abundant sunshine in this area, will the building be solar powered?

Solar power is not an adequate source for building structures of this size and purpose because of the very large demand for power during business hours. We will however, be exploring the use of solar energy to power some of the landscaping controllers and other areas where solar will provide adequate and consistent source of energy. The designers are sensitive to the environment including power, water, and recycling issues.


3. These buildings will be state of the art in many ways. Will our older equipment still function with the new designs?

The new building will be complete with state of the art equipment to provide employees with furniture, fixtures and equipment that will allow them to do their jobs and service Community members more efficiently. Some equipment that is currently used may become obsolete and will be replaced with updated and current versions. Computers, printers, fax machines, and related equipment that are usable will be taken to and used in the new building.


4. If the equipment and machinery is updated, will employees still have the job skills to function in the new building environment?

Yes. Employees will be adequately trained to use any new or updated equipment that is provided through the two waters project.


5. Will there be covered parking for employees and Community Members?

A parking garage will be established in the future but will not be included in the initial building phase. This will allow for some covered parking spaces. Otherwise, covered parking will not be available on surface lots.


6. There is only one restroom on each floor. Will this be adequate to support all the employees and public use?

Each restroom exceeds the minimum number required to meet all building standards and codes. We expect this will provide more than enough facilities for employee and public use.
We have instructed the architects to make generous use of the space allocations within the bathrooms for ease of access, as well.


7. Will elders and physically challenged persons be able to access the buildings?

Yes. Drop off areas close to the entrances have been included for all buildings. The office buildings are attached with covered walkways and government staff can easily travel to meet with Community Members if needed. In addition, the hospitality committee is considering ways to provide curbside assistance when necessary. It is the goal of all design professionals working on this project to provide a very welcome and accommodating facility for all Community Members.


8. Why are the employees not located on the third floor since they are most important?

The departments that are located on the first floor are ones that are most frequently visited by Community Members and the public for various services. These departments were placed strategically to provide greatest ease for community members who come to the building for these services.


9. Has the building design provided the necessary room for wheelchairs to maneuver through the building easily?

Yes. We have met with Health and Human Services to see how wide wheel chairs can be. We are designing the building to allow for all wheelchair access.


10. Why doesn’t the design depict the two equinoxes since it is so culturally significant?

The architects are working to develop ways to highlight the two solar equinoxes. This is important to the Community’s history and culture