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December 24, 2008 3:25 am

Plaza Diane ¬ó work set to begin in early 2009

Written by Tribune Staff

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This design of the west-facing view of Plaza Diane on the corner of Second and Bent shows a few of its featured elements, including a spray pad for children to play in and drought-tolerant gardens. The project is scheduled to go up for bid in late January. Courtesy image

Plans for the Plaza Diane — Community Center for the Arts are moving forward, and the project is slated to go up for bid in late January.

CTA, the Billings-based architecture and engineering firm hired to design the project, is in the process of finalizing both interior and exterior plans.

Anya Feichtl, the lead architect on the project, said her team anticipates construction to be finished in late summer 2009.

The interior of the former gas station will be remodeled to accommodate art shows, meetings, classes and other events. Plans also include a kitchen area to allow for food preparation. An additional restroom — with outside access — and a storage space will be added onto the east end of the building.

The design of the exterior space has focused on making the area more comfortable during hot summer months.

A canopy over the stage, wooden pergolas and fabric “sails” will provide shade and a water spray pad for children will be located on the east side of the lot. Low-maintenance, drought-tolerant gardens will dominate the northeast and southwest corners of the plaza.

The building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified, though the level of certification will depend on a final review of the space.

The Plaza Diane steering committee, in partnership with the city of Powell, was successful in obtaining a Community Facilities Grant of more than $900,000 from the Wyoming Business Council last fall. The grant will pay for the majority of the construction and remodeling of Plaza Diane. Remaining costs will be paid through donations and additional grant funding.