Depot Kiosk

Depot Avenue Kiosk Pictures

Background:

The Depot Kiosk was developed to raise awareness of the redevelopment of the Depot Avenue and in particular, the Depot Park at Depot Avenue and Main Street. There are many issues in the area, particularly environmental concerns and opportunities for neighborhood redevelopment. This area is a dynamic part of Gainesville’s past and future. It was the hub of railroad activity in the development of Gainesville in the 1800’s. It is currently an eclectic mix of this industrial history, with several historic train warehouses and the Old Gainesville Depot, the Gainesville Regional Utility’s John R. Kelly Power Plant, and industrial land uses. It is also a multi-modal transportation hub with the existing Depot Rail to Trail and the proposed Gainesville Regional Transit System Transportation Center, in the heart of the area. The environmental forces at work include the Sweetwater Branch, the contamination in the Depot Park site south of Depot Avenue, and the conflicts which have occurred between residential neighborhoods and industrial facilities along Depot Avenue. A significant structure in the project site is the Old Gainesville Depot building which is being planned for rehabilitation and renovation as a community-serving facility. The Powell Center for Construction and Environment is currently working with the US EPA’s Sustainable Development Challenge Grant program in assisting the City of Gainesville in planning for the future of this area. The Center seeks to educate about, and implement sustainability principles in the Gainesville/Alachua County community. It was a partner in the realization of the “Bicyclist Safety Memorial,” adjacent to the Depot Rail to Trail and the Depot building constructed in November, 1997.

Depot Kiosk/Sculpture:

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The purposes of this kiosk are to provide a place for educational materials related to the redevelopment and environmental remediation underway in this area and for the sculpture/kiosk itself to be an interpretative environmental educational structure that is culturally appropriate, contains places to sit, have a drink of water, be in the shade, enjoy a pleasant space, interact with elements of the structure. It must relate to its context as a “gateway” feature that is visually stimulating and functional. The final design of the winning proposal was realized by the designer in conjunction with the City of Gainesville and the Powell Center for Construction and Environment. Minor revisions to meet functional criteria for displaying information were made at that time. The Depot Kiosk is located along the Depot Avenue Rail to Trail. Construction for the Kiosk took place from – 3/27/00 to 4/21/00 and Ribbon Cutting occured on Earth Day, April 22, 2000.
Kiosk photos here

Criteria for the Design:

  • Self-site selection in Department of Transportation’s Depot Rail-Trail or City’s Depot Avenue public right of way (ROW) between SE 4th St and S. Main Street and north to Depot Avenue. This includes the land between the Depot Rail to Trail and Depot Avenue east of the Old Gainesville Depot building.
  • Interactive – with children, with natural rhythms, sun path, seasonal
  • Expression and use of water
  • Shade and rain protection for people and materials
  • Culturally, architecturally appropriate
  • “Green” materials maximum reused and recycled content materials, non-toxic
  • Solar energy – self-powered (lighting, other such as water feature)
  • Native landscape demonstration
  • Community-buildable
  • Low maintenance and high durability
  • Vandalism resistant
  • Size – no more than 10’ wide x no higher than 16’, x variable length, area includes kiosk, seating and landscape.
  • Display area(s)
  • Brochure holders and board(s) for maps
  • Kid-safe
  • Interpret environmental themes of industrial pollution, stormwater runoff and watersheds, urban streams, railroad history, energy production, alternative transportation
  • Appropriate as prototype signage grammar
  • Americans with Disabilities Act aPCCEssible
  • Budget for construction – $5,000 funded by the Powell Center for Construction and Environment (the City of Gainesville will contribute water and power aPCCEss as needed)
  • Place for 911 cell phone installation