As the City of Charlevoix began the process to improve the site of their East Park and Marina, they desired to maintain clear views of Round Lake from street level. As a result, the Harbor Master building and Performance Pavilion are both nestled into the sloping contours of the park, complete with a pedestrian plaza on the roof of the Harbor Master building.
Electrical engineering design services for site lighting included decorative lighting fixtures, similar to the streetlights in the surrounding areas, to tie the park into the downtown environment. A key component in the design was that every other fixture could be turned off during overnight hours for improved energy efficiency. Long life LED lights were utilized for flagpole lighting for reduced maintenance and energy efficiency. Additional upgrades throughout the park saw step lighting and bollards in many areas to illuminate paths and stairs while avoiding unpleasant glare. In keeping with the aesthetics of the park, electrical power for the docks is fed from (4) outdoor stainless-steel power panels closely coordinated for proper location.
Mechanical engineering design services incorporated a geothermal heat pump system to provide heating and cooling for both buildings. Radiant in-floor heating warms the floors, offering comfort for occupants, especially in the shower areas of the Harbor Master building. A visually appealing atmosphere was key consideration in the design and placement of mechanical equipment, as most is placed on the roof and walls of buildings. Through close coordination between engineers and architects, components of these pieces of equipment were effectively integrated into the building architecture.
East Park was named one of the Great Public Spaces in 2009 by the American Planning Association.
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