ARB approves fire station architecture, business signs

  • Thursday, August 29, 2013

Goose Creek ARB member Joel Arenson (left) looks at a piece of glass that will be used for two new fire stations’ bay doors. Also pictured is Paulette Myers (center) of Thomas & Denzinger Architects and ARB member John Sanders (right). STEFAN ROGENMOSER/GAZETTE

Several local businesses proposing new signs received the Goose Creek Architectural Review Board’s blessing and approval at its Aug. 19 meeting.
Goose Creek Family Dentistry asked for approval to change the top part of its sign. ARB member Joel Arenson made a motion to approve, which passed, as did each submission that night.
A wall-mounted sign was approved for E-Cigs Charleston. The total area of the sign is 40 feet but the individual letters are not connected to one signboard.
“Our ordinance allows each letter to stand on its own,” Goose Creek Planning Director Sarah Hanson said.
Sign size limits are proportional to the size of a building and its distance from the street, according to Hanson. If a sign might be too big but has individually mounted letters, the area of each letter can be calculated by boxing it in to determine if they are small enough to fall within the city’s sign ordinance, Hanson told The Gazette.
Sushi 101 made a similar proposal. The total area of its sign is 42 feet, falling within the allowable 45 feet for a wall-mounted sign as stipulated in the ordinance.
Berkeley County Habitat For Humanity ReStore Manager Kathi Cotterill made a request to install a 9 by 9 foot roll-up door.
In other business, the ARB approved plans for the new fire station headquarters and substation, known as Station 3.
Paulette Myers of Thomas & Denzinger Architects made a similar presentation to the ARB as she made to city council at an April workshop.
Myers said the cost for both stations is $12 million. At the April council workshop she gave an estimated cost of $11.5 million for both.
She said the headquarters station, to be located off the recently renamed Button Hall Avenue (formerly Brandywine Boulevard), will sit across from the city’s public works building.
The main station will house 11 men and be about 30,000 square feet. It will also house administrative staff and inspectors. The administrative and inspection offices should be about 12,000 square feet, Myers said.
The building includes an administrative suite, a training room and four apparatus bays that are two sided, allowing for eight vehicles.
Fred Guthier, of ADC Engineering, did the site work plans for landscaping. He told the ARB there will be a lawn area in the back with a patio. “It has a very southern backyard porch feel,” Guthier said.
The entryway will be lined with crepe myrtles. Some plants will be used to collect water. There will also be a retention pond. Live oaks will go along North Goose Creek Boulevard.
“The city owns 40 acres there,” Myers said. “We’re using about four-and-a-half. The city may eventually use that as a training area or a passive park.”
Parking for visitors and administrators will be in front of the building while firefighter parking will be in the back, Myers said.
She showed ARB members a piece of glazed glass that will make up the apparatus bay doors.
“It’s a nice open building,” she said. “The materials are brick. We intend to match the municipal center.”
Thomas & Denzinger also designed the city’s Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center and Station 2, a substation off Crowfield Boulevard. The bricks for both new stations will be exactly the same as the ones at the municipal center.
“They still make … the same red as the municipal center,” Myers said.

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