Last week we discovered various methods by which one can analyze a site and its conditions.
With introductions from both the architects, HDR and AltusWorks, and construction managers at Turner, the students learned what basic questions to ask and qualities of the site’s surrounding are most helpful during analysis. After these quick tips and some instruction we dove right into looking at our own site, near 31st and Kedzie, using GoogleMap images and context clues. Big imaginations, critical thinking, and the new
knowledge of best practices in site analysis led our team to some pretty interesting conclusions about our site:
- There may be limited access for large trucks required during construction;
- only one of the two thoroughfares near the site is not heavily traveled and
- the nearby waterway and railroads may limit accessibility
- Based on the aerial view there may be several places to stage construction material (either newly delivered or stored).
- Public transportation is present but not prevalent.
- If more time is available the railroad tracks south and west of the site may be converted for commuter use.
The results of the students’ analysis was gathered in one diagram after small group discussions.