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Carl Zehr Square renovations
City Hall's Carl Zehr Square could undergo a significant face lift in the coming years.

CBC article talking about some of the proposed changes. http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/kitch...-1.3706209

Kitchener Councillors have given a preliminary approval for the estimated $7.1 million dollar project.


I wish some consideration would be given to the City Hall's exterior cladding - the spandrel glass is a mess and should, imho, be replaced.
I have been thinking the same thing. Some areas more than others.
The function design is recommended to be approved.

The new cost estimates for Carl Zehr Square has been reduced to $5.5M (estimated cost was $6.4M).

"The combined cost for Carl Zehr Square and College St. is estimated to be $5.74M and the Duke and Young St. phase is estimated to be $3.27M.

The work will be completed "over a minimum of two construction seasons. Carl Zehr Square and College St. will be undertaken in one phase, with Duke St. and Young St. being completed together."

"Several design elements are also intended to address the site constraints and program considerations. For example, seat walls and signage will accommodate the grade changes and provide a functional aspect and eliminate trip hazards.

The water feature will create a shallow pool (50mm maximum depth) with two adjacent lighted and variable height jet zones to provide an interactive element and a significant design feature. This can be easily and relatively quickly drained to accommodate different types of programming. The requirement for an outdoor skating rink is also included within this design.
The proposed stage is a simple design offering improved barrier-free access for users and upgraded electrical connections. It is oriented on an angle towards Gaukel and King St, which allows for larger audiences and better sightlines than the current configuration. In addition, the reconfigured fountain area allows for larger temporary stages to be located near the front door to City Hall, creating a more flexible event space for a wider variety of events.
To address the lack of shade concerns, an increased number and distribution of removable umbrellas have been incorporated into the functional design.
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
It seems unfortunate that the stage doesn't incorporate some type of roof or shell.
I wonder who we can talk to in order to advance the previously suggested here idea of changing it to Carlzehrplatz.
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