Tourism board listens to design presentation from high school senior
by Alan Reed
May 21, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County High School Senior Mike Savage presented three possible redesigns to the Tourism Commission for their office near I-24. Savage participated in the project for school. The board requested Tourism Director Bill Stevens find a quote for an architect to present an alternative for the redesign of the building.
Trigg County High School Senior Mike Savage presented three possible redesigns to the Tourism Commission for their office near I-24. Savage participated in the project for school. The board requested Tourism Director Bill Stevens find a quote for an architect to present an alternative for the redesign of the building.
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The Trigg County/Cadiz Tourism Commission took a first step towards expanding its office on Highway 68 near I-24 at a meeting on May 13 when commissioners listened to a presentation from Trigg County High School Senior Mike Savage about redesigning the building.

Tourism Director Bill Stevens said that he spoke to teacher Lori Ricks about providing a student to create a design for the building to increase space in event that the commission decides to close its downtown Cadiz office.

Savage offered several floor plans to add two to three separate offices and potentially a conference room. He presented the floor plans with 3-D renderings of the building. His plans included an alcove in the front of the building to provide pamphlets and information for visitors, allowing them to walk in and out with their information. He also proposed extending the building’s porch.

Commission Chairman John Rufli asked about the efficiency of heating and air conditioning in the new building. “One office is usually comfortable while another is either freezing or burning up.”

Board Member John Bryant said that the building could incorporate thermostats in offices to operates dampers and control the temperature in the rooms. He said that the plan was “not that expensive.”

Savage said that he could provide electrical diagrams for the room and heating and ventilation ideas, but did not know about plumbing for the building. He added that he was unsure of the exact dollar figure for the redesigns.

“He did a good job,” said Bryant of Savage’s designs. “He’s very sharp and you can tell he did a lot of research.”

Stevens said that he had asked several accredited architects to evaluate the building and provide estimates on new designs. He said that Architect Kevin Perry said that measuring and three new designs would cost $1,850, and was the only architect to respond to the request. “In reading the minutes of the last meeting, it said I was to hire an architect. What do you want me to do?”

Rufli asked Stevens to talk to architects to get competitive bids and quotes. “What Mike did was good, but if we move forward, we will need detailed drawings, with electrical, mechanical and plumbing and that the building meets code. It looks like he met his ADA requirements.”

“I asked for options,” said Stevens. “Mike and Ms. Ricks are ready to help and have three new designs. It seems like these architects are going to do what they’ve already done for $1,850.” He estimated the renovations to cost between $5,000-$8,000.

Rufli suggested that Stevens contact a second architect in Hopkinsville who retired from his position. “I’d like to talk to one more architect to hear other proposals before we continue.”

Stevens called for patience and said that he wanted to be a good steward of the commission’s money, with tourism season uncertain due to rising fuel costs.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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