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Skywalk Improvements Study Des Moines City Council Workshop August 23, 2010. Agenda. Process Condition Assessments – Report & Areas Needing Attention Signage & Wayfinding – Recommendations & Implementation Scenarios Vertical Connections – Recommendations & Priorities Public Involvement

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Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

  • Skywalk Improvements Study

  • Des Moines City Council Workshop

  • August 23, 2010


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

Agenda

  • Process

  • Condition Assessments – Report & Areas Needing Attention

  • Signage & Wayfinding – Recommendations & Implementation Scenarios

  • Vertical Connections – Recommendations & Priorities

  • Public Involvement

  • Next Steps


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

Design Consultants

  • RDG - Main Consultant

  • Overall Study

  • Condition Assessment

  • HVAC Assessment

  • PUSH Branding – Signs and Wayfinding

  • AVI Systems – Interactive Kiosks

  • Calvin Lewis, Architect – Vertical Access

  • Shuck-Britson – Structural Assessment

CALVIN LEWIS


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

  • Process

  • Past 6 Months…

    • Outstanding Technical Committee Participation

    • Well Managed Expectation

    • Great User Feedback

    • Creative Thinking


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

  • Condition Assessment

  • Assessment Categories

    • Structural

      • 42 City Owned Bridges and Structures

    • Mechanical

      • 42 City Owned Bridges and Structures

    • Interiors

      • Approximately 3.5 Miles of Entire System


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

  • Condition Assessment

  • Final Report & Conclusions

    • 3 Volume - 520 Page Electronic Assessment Document

      • Individual Assessments by Category and Skywalk Segment

      • Criteria Driven Rating of All Segments

      • Electronic “Linked” Document for Ease of Use/Navigation

      • Summary Map of “Areas Needing Attention”


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

  • Areas Needing Attention

  • Structural (Rated 5 and Below on scale of 1 – 9)

  • Mechanical (Rated 2 and Below on scale of 1 – 5)

  • Interior (Rated 2 and Below on scale of 1 – 5)


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

  • Signage & Wayfinding


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

Types of Signs - Why They are Necessary

Overhead

- Navigation through system

- Names your current location

- Provides orientation within system

Maps/Directories

- View of entire system

- Displays current location in the system

- Shows access points

- Amenities

- Building/tenant index

Vertical Access

- Clear access point to/from street level and skywalk

- Visible/recognizable from a distance

- Consistent throughout system

Street Crossing

- Represents current street/bridge crossing

- Provides orientation within system

Directional

- Used In areas where a standard vertical access sign is visible

Informational

- For use with all secondary, non-wayfinding signs

- No Smoking

- "Doors to remain unlocked..."

- Restrooms

Advertising


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

Overhead Signs

- Direction to buildings

- Current building name

- Distance to each building (matching the existing street level pedestrian system)

- Icons corresponding to amenities (need to check the feasibility of alterations if icons need changed)

- Position/Direction Code

- Shows heading direction (eg East)

- Emergency responder locator (eg. 6E)


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

Vertical Access Signs

- "Circle S" to symbolize the skywalk system throughout

- Street Level

Hours of accessibility

Position code which relates to code on overhead signs

- Skywalk Level

Hours of accessibility

Names of street accessed by exit


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

Informational Signs

- Incorporate skywalk wayfinding brand into other signage

- Relates information to the system

- Consistency

Street Crossing Signs

- Help provide orientation

- Similar in design to street level pedestrian signage

- Positioned at the center of each bridge/street crossing

Directional Access Signs

- Same red color as the vertical access signage

- Directs to skywalk accessible areas not immediately located on skywalk


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

  • Directory Kiosk

  • "Circle S" Symbol

  • Incorporate arch detail of bridges and street level signs

  • Skyline art to reflect design of street level signs

  • East Village/Capitol removed

  • - Bridges replaced by illuminated red strip representing skywalk


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

Interactive Directory

Building Index

- Categorical sorting (food, retail, entertainment, lodging)

- Walking routes with mileage 

- Touch a name to highlight on map

Detail View

- Street Level Access, Escalator, Elevator, Public Phones, Bus Stops

- May also show category icons (food, retail, etc).

Emergency Screen

- Automatically displays detail view with emergency exits

- Emergency information and instructions

Other

- Upcoming Event/Advertising space

 - News Feed

 - Current time and temp


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

Signage and Wayfinding


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

  • Signage and Wayfinding

  • Partnership Opportunity

  • Des Moines Register has proposed they could provide, manage and update all content needed for the kiosk, website and mobile applications.

  • Having a consistent and constantly refreshed source of content will provide users on all platforms a more unified and richer experience.

  • Des Moines Register brand would bring consistency and enhance the content.


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

  • Partnership Opportunity

Content and Data

- Business and restaurant listings

- Events

- News (headlines, stories, restaurant reviews, photos and video)

- Weather

Interactive Experiences

- Daily news coverage

- Special events (State tournaments, RAGBRAI)

- Sustainable non-news and public service products

Opportunities for Generating Revenue

- Large sales force with deep community connections

- More local volume and better targeted advertisements


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

  • Signage and Wayfinding

  • Implementation Scenarios

    • Initial Investment

      • Hard and Soft Options & Costs

    • Ongoing Investments

    • Maintenance and Operations Costs


Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

  • Implementation Scenarios

  • All Scenarios: New Overheads/Vertical Access/Street Signage

  • Scenario #1

    • Replace Graphics in Existing Directories

  • Scenario #2

    • New Kiosk Directory “Body” – with Static Graphics

  • Scenario #3

    • New Kiosk Directory “Body” – ½ Static Graphics & ½ Touchscreens

  • Scenario #4

    • New Kiosk Directory – All Touchscreens


  • Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    • Vertical Access Connections


    Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    • Existing Type 1 Access


    Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    • Existing Type 1 Access

    • High Upgrade Potential Access

    • Criteria:

      • Equal Distribution

      • Ease of Upgrade

      • Supplementary Issues:

        • Other Improvements Needed

        • High Pedestrian Traffic


    Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    • Prototypes and Priorities

    • Locations to Consider Prioritizing for Upgrade


    Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    • Methods of Identity


    Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    • Prototypes and Priorities

    • Locations to Consider Prioritizing for Celebratory Development


    Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    Celebratory Examples


    Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    Celebratory Examples


    Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    • Public Involvement


    Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    Preliminary Survey Results

    Online Survey during March 2010

    Over 2,800 responses

    65% - Marked access to/from street

    45% - Updated features (lighting, carpet, etc.)

    45% - Better maps (directories)

    45% - Better signage

    Very useful input

    Used to guide study process and recommendations


    Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    “Mock Up” Survey Results

    • Set up in Skywalk – May 11

    • Electronic Directory, Overhead Sign, Vertical Access Sign

    • Over 100 survey responses

    • Very Good Input


    Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    • Next Steps


    Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    • Next Steps

    • Prioritize study findings and project scope

      • Condition Improvements

      • Signage

      • Enhanced Vertical Access

    • Determine budget and how to fund (public/private?)

      • Partnership / advertising revenue opportunities

      • Safety, health, transportation, business benefits

    • Select consultant to prepare detailed plans & specs

    • Select “Content Provider” – Register, other?


    Skywalk improvements study des moines city council workshop august 23 2010

    • Questions?


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