Barn Updates!

This was a big week for the barn project.

The blackberries are mostly cleared away from the barn.  Thank you to Jim Haack for clearing away the blackberries.

The architectural drawings for the barn have been developed.  Over the years community input has been collected regarding the barn design and use.  This input has been captured in the architectural drawings that were prepared in the past.  Those architectural drawings, along with current understanding of desired future uses for the barn, and current codes were used by the architect to develop a draft set of plans.  Then the project team reviewed the draft drawings and made changes to control costs and keep the design consistent with prior community input.  This was essentially a conceptual design review and value engineering review of the draft architectural plans.  The architect then modified the plans as requested and those plans have been provided to the a City.  We will be posting those plans here and on Facebook in the very near future, and they will be available at the Community Open House. The exterior design has been developed to keep the feeling of the barn and provide code required elevator access and two sets of stairs. The interior space is a preliminary design and will be more fully developed through community input.  The overall goal for the interior is to provide flexible space for many activities and to of course fit within the structural requirements of the building.

DFA is currently working with a contractor to do a constructability review of the design. The idea is to get a contractor’s view of how hard it will be to do the physical work and to get suggestions on modifying the design to make it easier to construct, which will make it more cost effective.

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation provided a letter of support to the Duvall City Council. Thanks to Bill and Kristin Connors for getting this barn recognized as an endangered property.

For this project to succeed the DFA, the City, and Westcott homes will be working together. A framework of how the parties will work together and a general description of what agreements will be needed has been written down in a memorandum of understanding (MOU).  The MOU is still being refined but is close to complete.  There was a public hearing regarding the MOU at the Duvall City Council meeting this week.  Testimony was positive.  Thank you to all of the supporters that came to the hearing.

A barn dance has been planned to support this project.  It will be on Friday, October 24.   More details to come! This will be a family event co-sponsored by Duvall Performing Arts.

The project team is growing.  Please join us. Volunteers can sign up on our Barn Volunteer Page.

Please join us for our Community Open House on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 11am until 2pm at the Duvall Visitor and Centennial Center.

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