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for Downtown Development


April 1999

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City of Seattle
Paul Schell, Mayor

Department of Design, Construction and Land Use
Richard F. Krochalis, Director
John Skelton
Patrick Doherty
Vince Lyons
Mike Kimelberg
Jeffrey Overstreet

Neighborhood Planning Office
John Eskelin

Strategic Planning Office
Dennis Meier

Seattle Design Commission
Michael Read

Downtown Urban Center Planning Group Urban Design Subcommittee:
Dorm Anderson
Steve Johnson
Jerry Ernst
Dennis Tate
Gerald Hansmire
Roger Wagoner
Greg Smith

Downtown Design Review Board
Darrell Vange
Mark Johnson
Mark Hinshaw
John Turnbull
David Craven

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30 Design Review Guidelines for Downtown Development

Overhead weather protection helps to define
the pedestrian realm and reduce the scale of
tall buildings. Transparent or translucent cano-
pies along the length of the street provide wel-
come weather protection, resulting in a more
pedestrian friendly environment. Lighting be-
neath canopies and marquees adds intimacy
and promotes a sense of security. Busy down-
town bus stops benefit greatly from canopies
extending along the building facade.


Overhead weather protection should be de-
signed with consideration given to:

a. the overall architectural concept of the
building (as described in Guideline B-4);

b. uses occurring within the building (such as
entries and retail spaces) or in the adjacent
streetscape environment (such as bus stops
and intersections);

c. minimizing gaps in coverage;

d. a drainage strategy that keeps rain water
off the street-level facade and sidewalk;

e. continuity with weather protection pro-
vided on nearby buildings;

f. relationship to architectural features and
elements on adjacent development, espe-
cially if abutting a building of historic or
noteworthy character;

g. the scale of the space defined by the height
and depth of the weather protection;

h. use of translucent or transparent covering
material to maintain a pleasant sidewalk en-
vironment with plenty of natural light; and

i. when opaque material is used, the illumi-
nation of light-colored undersides to in-
crease security after dark.

Encourage overhead weather protection.
Project applicants are encouraged to provide continuous, well-lit, overhead
weather protection to improve pedestrian comfort and safety along major
pedestrian routes.

The Streetscape
Creating the Pedestrian Environment

C 5

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31Design Review Department of Design, Construction & Land Use

The Streetscape
Creating the Pedestrian Environment

C 5

consider providing an appropriately scaled space, as
defined by the height and depth of the weather protection,
for bus riders on a busy transit street

lighting is an important consideration
when opaque material is used

consider continuity with weather protection provided
on nearby buildings

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Michael ReadMichael Read
Michael KimelbergMichael Kimelberg
Jeffrey OverstreetJeffrey Overstreet


Michael KimelbergMichael Kimelberg

Department of

& Land Use

City of SeattleCity of Seattle

R.F. Krochalis, Director
Paul Schell, Mayor

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