Morning bricksters. Perfect day for brick strolling, get out there and start enjoying the almost done Mall! It seems one of our faithful flock of brick readers, Chas Man, has posed to us a little question:
"Hey BW: From what I can see on the Phasing Plan, I thought the crews were going to do cruciform designs on the 2nd and 4th street crossings? I walked by 4th this morning and they were laying straight bricks. Is this because of economic or practical considerations? It will certainly speed up completion as those designs take time. If thats the case, I have to revise my 5/12 completion date."
Brick Watch also remembered seeing plans for cruciforms at all crossings, so we called our friendly rival blogger, MMM Design Group project manager Joe Schinstock to find out more. "The life of the vehicle crossings evolved over time," said Schinstock. "The cruciform designs were in the preliminary designs, but the Board of Architectural Review wanted more options." The final decision was not made for economic, nor practical reasons; it was ultimately an issue of aesthetics.
The Fourth Street crossing, as it stood this morning.
Chas Man, BW thinks it will be more practical as well. Nobody wants tire-scuffed granite. And, Chas, we do think you will have to revise your estimated date. Things are looking very good. Thanks for the question brickies, and keep ’em coming!