The Curry Building at Blue Lake Park is a critical facility supporting Metro’s operation and maintenance of 17,000+ acres of regional parks and natural areas. Constructed in the 1960s, the existing building has evolved to include offices, a wood shop, welding shop, auto repair facility, and numerous storage areas for equipment, tools, supplies, and vehicles. FFA has been tasked with redeveloping the facility to support Metro’s expansion and growth, as well as seismic and energy resiliency.
4,800 sf (Admin.)
8,200 sf (Shop)
Blue Lake Park Operations Campus Site Plan
FFA began with a programming process, conducting interviews and interactive workshops with Metro staff to understand departmental working relationships and operational needs and aspirations. This process determined the best stewardship of resources was to renovate and reorganize the existing Curry Building for use exclusively as a repair and storage facility, and to move office functions into a new building on the site. With these goals established, FFA and our consultants developed site and building layouts to optimize work flows, organization, and circulation so the different staff groups can safely and efficiently move through their workdays.
Metro and FFA are committed to promoting sustainable communities, so the teams are collaborating closely to develop a holistic, high-performance design pursuing International Living Future Institute (ILFI) CORE Green Building Certification. Workshops have been held to evaluate tradeoffs and synergies of various green building design strategies impacting performance and cost so the team can deliver a high-performing project that makes efficient and responsible use of public investment.