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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
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Agenda

  • Process
  • Condition Assessments – Report & Areas Needing Attention
  • Signage & Wayfinding – Recommendations & Implementation Scenarios
  • Vertical Connections – Recommendations & Priorities
  • Public Involvement
  • Next Steps
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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

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Process

  • Past 6 Months…
    • Outstanding Technical Committee Participation
    • Well Managed Expectation
    • Great User Feedback
    • Creative Thinking
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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
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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”
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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)
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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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.
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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

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Signage and Wayfinding

  • Implementation Scenarios
    • Initial Investment
      • Hard and Soft Options & Costs
    • Ongoing Investments
    • Maintenance and Operations Costs
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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
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Existing Type 1 Access

  • High Upgrade Potential Access
  • Criteria:
    • Equal Distribution
    • Ease of Upgrade
    • Supplementary Issues:
      • Other Improvements Needed
      • High Pedestrian Traffic
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Prototypes and Priorities

  • Locations to Consider Prioritizing for Upgrade
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Prototypes and Priorities

  • Locations to Consider Prioritizing for Celebratory Development
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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

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“Mock Up” Survey Results

  • Set up in Skywalk – May 11
  • Electronic Directory, Overhead Sign, Vertical Access Sign
  • Over 100 survey responses
  • Very Good Input
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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?