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7 - MEMO: DDAB comments regarding the architecture for BallMay 20, 2005 MEMO To: Planning Board From: Planning and Development Services RE: DDAB comments regarding the architecture for Ball The following comments made by DDAB on May 11, 2005 regarding the five story manufacturing plant additions proposed by Ball will be used by staff as we review the final architecture drawings for the FM, FA and FT buildings. The "F" buildings aze the three large buildings (55' tal]) at the north end of Commerce, between Commerce and 48`h Street. Ball Aerospace Additions 1. DDAB is generally in support of the industriai appearance of the addition,s and feels that they work well within the greater context of the Ball campus. 2. The use of integrally colored CMiJ and pre-cast is appropriate, and DDAB suggests not painting the addition. This will help distinguish the old from the new in a subtle and honest way. It also offers future cost savings by removing the need for repeated painting. 3. On the west elevation, DDAB advises using a more evenly spaced grid for the pre-cast sections. This will reinforce the regulu pattem established elsewhere. 4. On the south elevation, consider the use of a band of several courses of CMU of a slightly different color above the windows that can house the mechanical vents in an organized way, especially considering the regularity of the rest of the facade. 5. The same organizing band should be used on the west elevation at the level of the windows. The windows could also be better organized in regards to their shape and placement, similar to the south elevation. 6. The vertical organization of the facades is strong. The applicant should look to fabrication methods that maintain this appearance (colored pre-cast solutions). 7. Although not shown, DDAB supports not using a separate color horizontal pre- cast beam on the first floor, especially with the dropping grade at the southem property boundazy. The uniformity of surfaces and materials is appropriate for the overall expression and function. 8. The two-story glass office corridor is a strong approach and offers a new expression that is different from the existing structures.