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Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 17, 2014 at 08:55 PM
The Proposed Library Remodel eliminates the skylight that so well lights the interior. A greatRead Moredesig n by the original top-flight architects- Ibsen Nelson and Myron Lewis. JG
Thomas Imrich April 18, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Even worse than removing a useful skylight, the remodel priorities are all wrong. First theRead Morecollecti on space and shelf "requirements" need to be properly set. The MI Library current poor collection content is simply a disgrace to this community. The money FIRST needs to be spent on improving the collection, and then on identifying facility needs to support that collection (reference shelf type and space), and only then on REQUIRED short and long term maintenance items or seismic upgrade items for "Shelter in place". Any other money spent is an utter and complete waste, when the community has far more pressing needs, and when our Council is foolishly and unnecessarily planning to even raise more MI taxes (e.g., via TBD Car Tabs). Regarding the south end fire station, we just had another Richter 7.5 in Mexico, it is long overdue here, and even the foolish cinder block construction of the "New" and wasteful south end fire station (versus other better alternatives) is indicative of another Council led debacle.
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 18, 2014 at 10:41 PM
As usual Tom- you've put your finger on the main issue of this unwise, unneeded redo/disruption ofRead Moreo ur MI community library which has served so many of us all these years. The thing to do is make the small updates needed with minimal disruption. JG-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 17, 2014 at 03:12 PM
There's long been a big difference between MI "Spec" homes & those carefully designed Read Moreand skillfully built to fit the site- and the personal needs of the Owners. It's not just looks but also ease of maintenance and/or upkeep.JG-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 15, 2014 at 05:59 PM
This was a remodel of an existing waterfront home. There are still a number of these on MercerRead MoreIslan d. Before buying one of these, do be sure to consult with an experienced residential architect such as myself. Although retired, I am available for this kind of expert work. Here's my WebSite. https://sites.google.com/site/jgropp2/alterationsanadditions
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 09, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Correction- a lovely really upscale place like Mercer Island. JG
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Looking at the "Spec" Homes being put up and offered for sale is rather dismaying. ItRead Morewoul d seem good home designers are in short supply these days. Or perhaps Developers are simply not hiring them. In any case, what's being skillfully built- are not being well designed. How unfortunate. Our Mercer Island deserves lots better JG-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 16, 2014 at 02:48 PM
More of my JG Thoughts on Home Design are in my JGRead MoreWebSite- https://sites.google.com/site/jgropp2/al terationsanadditions
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 04, 2014 at 07:08 PM
I'm very sympathetic to the need of our local business's to attract customers but the far too manyRead Mores igns around have really become an awful plague. Just a few- would be OK. How to limit or control these all over? JG-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 17, 2014 at 08:45 PM
The way to handle these signs would be to have City employees collect any they see. JG-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 04, 2014 at 01:28 PM
I guess seeing this set me off. This would result in a far less attractive and functional MIRead MoreLibrary that we have all come to love and appreciate. A bit of fine-tuning could be done- without closing down the Libe- and/or moving the collection. (Spend the money saved on more books). JG-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Here's the main discussion as to whether a Libe redo is needed. What do you think? JG-Read Morehttp://mercer island.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/unneeded-library-remodel
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 15, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Ibsen Nelson & Myron Lewis- They were the original architects of the Mercer I. Library. TheyRead Morewer e very good architects. I hate to see their fine work diminished- and/or otherwise messed with. JG-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 04, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Here's the main discussion as to whether a Libe redo is needed. What do you think? JG-Read Morehttp://mercer island.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/unneeded-library-remodel
Martha L Tyler March 22, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Thank you everybody! The 2014 MI Directory mailing job was done in almost record time. Look forRead Moret hem in your mailbox soon. They are at Island Books and the Chamber of Commerce for a donation of $10. Remember, they are the Guild's means of generating revenue for Seattle Children's Hospital.
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA March 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM
This will prevent many young people from getting their foot on the bottom of the housing ladder- as Read Moremost of my custom home clients had been able to do. I hate to see the wealthy taking advantage of those less fortunate. JG-
Laraine Beck March 09, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Have you tried the Stroum Jewish Community Center. They have a great program and being JewishRead Moreisn't a requirement
MeLisa Turcott Strongheart March 12, 2014 at 08:46 PM
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Carl Petersen III February 27, 2014 at 08:49 PM
A response to a comment that is misquoted. One of the quotes that I focus on in this week's blog:Read Moreht tp://goo.gl/L5mPCw
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA March 27, 2014 at 10:09 PM
Ira Appelman reports: "Bart Dawson has generated drawings for what we call the Bart Plan B.Read MoreBar t Plan B would maintain the meeting room and children's area in their current configuration and maintain the vestibule/lobby at its current size. Therefore, any structural changes would be relatively minor. Meg Lippert has put together the Lighting Study Group that met with lighting experts from Puget Sound Energy. Those experts said we could maintain the skylight as is, substituting more modern lighting, such as LEDs, for the current lighting. Therefore, we don't need the KCLS wooden latice structure with lamps hanging from that. Bottom line: CC has proposed alternatives to the KCLS renovation that don't require major modifications to the MI Library and don't require significant closure. We probably will have to deal with upgrades in the electrical, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, acoustic and other systems". I do hope that KCLS will accept and implement these carefully studied Citizen Proposals. Jerry G-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 01, 2014 at 03:01 PM
Ira- Once again you've proved your worth as a Civic WatchDog. I was astounded at the first MICCRead MoreMe eting I attended- KCLS had assumed a "we know best" position- that was pretty well accepted (at that time). No longer is this the way- JG-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA April 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM
I hope that the MI City Council will assert our rights to determine what kind of a Library we'llRead Morehav e. We've gotten very used to the very nice, well-designed functional one we've had all these years. JG
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA February 07, 2014 at 12:30 PM
There should be no doubt how I feel about this issue of badly designed homes on our Mercer Island.Read MoreT his is a beautiful place that deserves the best in the way of site placement, building design, landscaping, all that goes with creating good homes. JGropp
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA January 31, 2014 at 06:59 PM
The Seattle PI is no longer published. In its time it did much to promote good residential designRead More&a mp; public awareness of same. Mercer Island's & other AOL "Patchs" are doing much today to fill the design editoriall exposure void for which I am grateful. JerryG-