>Best bet (IMHO) is for you to pay a visit to Boathouse Row on Kelly (sp?)
>Drive, march right up to the front door of the boathouses there, and ask
I have a couple suggestions:
1. As much of the footprint of the building as possible should be
used for boat storage/ repair with an eye for getting boats easily
to the water in masse, and easily to a boat trailer. This is a
rather challenging design problem given the property you are given
to work with. Many boathouses are built on a slope, where the
street entrance is a level above the bay doors out to the dock.
If you have lots of property, this is no problem, but a design
challenge for city boathouses (like the Row) which can barely fit
the boathouse they need on their property and have to get to the
street or a nearby parking lot to load trailer.
2. Showers/training rooms/common areas should go at some OTHER
level than the boathouse bay as it takes away boat storage. Usually
they are located above. Design your showers with HIGH shower heads !
Princeton's are awesome.
3. The upper floor should have room where rowers who've just finished
rowing can look out on the dock as people are coming in and rag on
4. Phones should go in the least accessible part of the building so
nobody is tempted to pick it up and get stuck giving directions,
and visiting crew members aren't tempted to call their girlfriend
5. No trees anywhere near the tarmac please, unless they are pre-
existing historical monuments.
6. There should be a lounge upstairs, a den-like place with a bar
with a beer tap and historical photos. The beer tap in the wall
won't be functional but make it look like the club used to use the
place for something really fun. Use this place as a storage room
for spare parts, outboards with frozen heads, and broken oars that
someday will be restored for trophy use.
7. The office should have logical room for only two desks. The
other coaches in the boathouse probably have other jobs and other
offices to go to anyway.
8. Make as small a work area for the boatman as possible to encourage
him to get the boats repaired and back in service. Make it long
enough to work around an eight, but not wide enough to have two.
That gives boatmen something real to complain about, as otherwise
they'd have to make something up.
9. Mind your boatbay heights. It needs to be high enough to accomodate
lots of boats, some less used equipment could be moved by climbing
a moveable stair deal, but don't make it so high that it becomes
inviting to store old beat up boats that might serve better as
restaurant displays. You can have a plaque on the top rack that says:
'Trojan Pride, 1965 Pocock Battalion 8 now proudly displayed at TGIF
at the mall'.
(keep a couple seats, they won't notice)
10. mind your boatbay and boatbay door widths. Make them wide enough
to walk through without having to check your riggers as you exit
or enter down the middle, but not so wide as to encourage a possible
double exit, or two way traffic.