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Coming from a career of building public spaces and buildings now is the time for stakeholder input to the designers for a successful project. Keep in mind that the administration most likely has a total cost for the facility which they don't want to exceed. At some point there was discussion about a budget or fundraising which was held with a board of trustees or senior administration. Exceeding the cost threshold will mean someone will have to go back to the "higher ups" to get more money. They will tell you that everything is "on the table" but will be making decisions along the way with the total cost in mind. Sometimes green initiatives will get passed over due to the added cost of construction which will take away from some of their preconceived programmatic goals. Geothermal heating and cooling cost a lot to build but will pay for themselves overtime in reduced utility cost. Some utilities and equipment vendors will offer incentives to steer the design away from long term economy by offering upfront discounts to construction. Now is the time to push for energy efficient heating, cooling, windows, awnings, doors and reflective roofing materials. All those will add cost to the project which will take away from square footage in the building or, to the dismay of the designer, eliminating "artistic materials and design". My advice is not to get caught up in flash and awe and petition for long term economy, durability and future facility uses as trends and interest change over time.
Another green initiative could be the use of solar power or wind generated power. There may be some stimulus money or other state and local grant money available to assist in contributing additional funding. Someone needs to do some homework and bring the idea with a contact, or cite a successful example to the meeting.
Keep in mind that any "indoor storage" is at great cost and needs to be utilized efficiently or the space will be taken by a more needy cause once the building is constructed and occupied. Building some sort of secure outdoor bike garage is an economy and has a more realistic chance of being included in the final design. Commuting by bike is beneficial and should be encouraged. One thing to consider for the comuting rider is riding access to the facility. Make sure the walkways leading to the building are wide enough for pedestrians and riders or there will be conflicts.
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