Free and open to the public: David Street Station forthcoming, are you excited!?!

(Casper, Wyo.) -The events driven public plaza, the David Street Station is coming to Casper within a year's time. The Casper Downtown Development Authority (DDA) team has been busy working out the kinks and doing what they can to keep the process moving forward. In honor of National Architecture Week, the AIA Wyoming, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosted architectural tours all over Wyoming led by Wyoming architects. Casper's Lyle Murtha, architect at Stateline No. 7 Architects, toured a group of community members Thursday evening through the design phases of the David Street Station project. Murtha began talking to the group of twenty community members about how the process began and discussed a Charrette Group, which he called an "intensive planning session with a diverse group to get some feedback and involvement in the project". "With many sticky notes, we talked about what the community would want with the plaza. We considered the wind and weather, the demographic of people and what people like to do, and how is this going to affect Casper, said Murtha. Murtha continued with his presentation, "We are not the first one's to create a downtown plaza as we are not re-inventing the wheel. We have leaned on Rapid City, SD and their plaza to see what works and what doesn't work for them." He told the community that the Rapid City Plaza has been in place for five years and all of the feedback that they have from Rapid City officials about plaza has been positive. "We want people to remember that this is not another city park, this is an outdoor events driven plaza. Free and open to the public, " added Kevin Hawley, DDA Executive Director who attended the event. "We are hopeful that the space evolves over time and it becomes what Casper wants it to be," Hawley added. Murtha continued through his slides and reported that his team considered the Casper character and culture. "We wanted to capture the culture and energy of Casper, with our architecture. Looking at old and new buildings, the river, the mountain, our wildlife and we definitely considered the wind we narrowed down some choices. We wanted to bring a western culture to the plaza and consider using Wyoming recycled woods, rustic artwork exposed woods and unique signage to Casper and Wyoming." The team considered pavement types, roof structures, and a lot of real time voting took place, but they all agreed upon a large splash pad for kids to play in. "After much discussion, we brought it down to three possible themes for the plaza; A Mountain Theme, a Modern West Theme and an Oil City Concept. By the end of the day we all elected to merge all three together," said Murtha. The group then went to work drawing and sculpting different ideas of where this and that would go and where to put the slash pad. They considered where to put the main stage to block out the wind and keep the sun out of the audience and performers eyes, and much more. "Even with the bigger structures around the plaza, there are plenty of little areas where people can just hang out, which we all wanted those open spaces." Murtha then showed the community a few of the design pictures which included structures with rusted metal, metal and wood together and the use of recycled Wyoming wood. Director Hawley told the group that from his visits to the Rapid City Plaza, "The plaza morphed into quite the animal and the public loves it!" The work will continue but the DDA and the community hopes to have the David Street Plaza open next Spring, just in time for the crowd of people coming to the Oil City for Eclipse Fest 2017. To learn more about the project and please visit the Downtown Development Authority at . See the 3D video below of the David Street Plaza: #oilcity #news