Nelson council to vote Tuesday on Cottonwood Market stage design

The proposed design was created by Cover Architecture of Nelson.

On Tuesday, Nelson city council will discuss and vote on a new design concept for the stage to be built at the new Cottonwood Market.

The design was created by Cover Architecture of Nelson.

According the city’s Colin Innes, “The design is currently incomplete from a structural perspective so the final product is likely to have some differences even if this design approach is embraced by council.”

He said the design will use CLT panels, which is a new type of wood product.

The written materials prepared by management staff for council in advance of the meeting state: “CLT is an engineered wood panel material with superior structural and acoustic properties and is durable and cost effective, making it well suited as the material of choice for the new stage. The proposed CLT stage is structurally designed to provide good drainage including snowmelt.”

Earlier this year council in conjunction with the West Kootenay EcoSociety decided to move the market from its current location to an area closer to the highway and the park, as described in a January, 2017, article in the Nelson Star.

The council materials also state that the estimated cost of the stage is about $40,000, but that this would be reduced by in-kind donations.

“To date, Spearhead Timberworks and Structurlam, a Kelowna-based manufacturer of value-added wood products, have provided letters of support for materials and in-kind donations for this project The Structurlam donation includes production and fabrication of the CLT panels and is valued at $7,000-$10,000. The Spearhead Timberworks donation is for staff time put towards design and construction, and is valued at (about) $1,600. Given the excitement surrounding this project, there may be opportunity to solicit and secure other donations; for example use of a crane and welding services during construction, skilled trades time for electrical and finishing work etc.”

The materials council will consider, including several drawings of the proposed market area in addition to more drawings of the proposed stage, are attached below.

City management staff will be recommending “that Council approves the design concept for the new performance stage and Cover Architecture Collaborative Inc. proceed with finalizing the design.”

Cottonwood Market Performance Stage by BillMetcalfe on Scribd