Friday, September 13, 2013
Sarah Ferdico, Communications
With a limited budget but a bounty of creative ideas, Olsson Associates provided the City of Ogallala with core concept improvements for its downtown. Construction on the improvements started this month. Essential to the design was creating a central gathering spot and beautifying the area while meeting the needs and expectations of the downtown improvement committee.
Olsson’s first task was to develop a concept for an outdoor pavilion to provide a covered area for Ogallala’s Rendezvous Festival, which is held each September. The pavilion would also provide shelter for other downtown festivals, concerts, the farmers market, and the like. Olsson team members were diligent in designing the pavilion, avoiding any semblance of a “livestock shed,” which was a concern among some members of the downtown committee. To make the area more pedestrian friendly, a streetscape concept was also generated that incorporated colored concrete, pedestrian lighting, and landscaping areas.
Also included in the project are designs to reconstruct the alleys adjoining the pavilion to be more pedestrian friendly. An “alleywave” concept with colored concrete was created between buildings located along Spruce Street, providing a safe and continuous pedestrian path from Spruce Street to ‘A’ Street and connecting with the pavilion.
This project is being funded through a Community Development Block Grant Downtown Revitalization Program and the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund. To keep costs down, alternative designs were developed for construction for bidding.
In addition, this project has spurred additional reconstruction of Ogallala’s 2nd Street corridor. Design for the corridor includes pedestrian lighting, stained concrete sidewalks to tie into the pavilion, and landscaping berm walls at the intersections.