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Parking Garage open as Downtown Transit Center nears completion
Published: 12/02/2010 08:15:00
The Downtown Juneau Transportation Center is nearing completion. On Wednesday, the largest part of the project, the parking garage, opened for public use. The 4 story building is open for free 24 hour parking through December, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

"A lot of people come downtown for gallery walk, and so we want to make that as succesfull event as possible. We'll be putting up Christmas lights on the trees in front of the garage, and we hope to see a lot of people down town." Said Rorie Watt.

Watt is the Engineering Director for the city of Juneau; he gave us an update on the almost complete project which started in 2006. "There are a few pieces of glass still have to go in, bits and pieces of siding. But the facility is fully functional; the elevator works, all of the life safety issues have been taken care of, the sprinkler system is active. It's basically architectural finishes on the garage that aren't quite done. And they should be done in the next week or so."

On the transit center, there's a little bit more work to go. But I'm guessing that's only 2 weeks out. The Bathrooms are looking really good, the tile's in, and the fixtures are in. The driver break room looks good, and the police substation looks good as well, and the passenger waiting area is very close. There's a few pieces of the art glass that are missing, and they should be coming on the barge soon; and I hope that they are going to be installed in the next 2 weeks as well.

Some of the work to be completed includes a special glass front to the building that shows the Juneau waterfront from the 1880's, and changes depending on the lighting conditions. Art is also prevalent in other parts of the design.

"On main street, there is a very apparent piece called Precipitation that Dan DeRoux did. And it's a number of images from Juneau's history. And the idea is that they are sort of falling like rain drops, and below the canopy is a panorama view of downtown Juneau from West Juneau. And so the idea is that the pieces of Juneau's history are falling and coalesced into it's current state." Watt Explained.

By: Mikko Wilson -