Coleman Parking Lot / Rotary Plaza, Wichita, KS
LK Architecture was awarded this project by a selection committee comprised of Sedgwick County staff and select stakeholders. The site was the location of the original Coleman Company factory located at Second and St. Francis in downtown Wichita. Ongoing environmental issues limited the usability of the site to surface or structured parking and the entire property was required to be “capped” which limited opportunities for greenspace.
Through a series of workshops with the stakeholders; Sedgwick County, City of Wichita, Downtown Development Corporation, Downtown Rotary Club and the Coleman Company, multiple goals were addressed by the design team. The final program was to maximize parking available while creating a functional urban open space that responded to the Downtown Revitalization Master Plan. Additionally, the final design was to include a significant memorial to Downtown Rotary Club to mark their centennial and pay homage to Coleman Company. The final design includes salvaged brick and entrance from the original Coleman Company building used in creating the perimeter fence and raised planters. Replica steel arch trusses were used at the two parking lot entries which are reminiscent of those found in the building. Additionally, reminiscent Coleman street lights are used at the mid-block crossing which ties directly to the entrance of the Coleman Factory Outlet and Museum.
The Rotary Plaza uses imagery of the cog wheel in various applications and features an interpretive wall describing Rotary Club and its history in downtown Wichita. The focal point of the plaza is the Rotary Tower. Designed by local artist Todd Whipple, the tower uses cog wheels in a mechanical fashion which pays tribute to the industrial past while is contemporary in style. The tower is operable with the cogs turning at roughly 2 rpm and chimes at each quarter hour. A stainless steel ribbon and kinetic wind element add a touch of whimsy and additional visual movement to this unique feature.
- Parking for approximately 280
- Completely secured subgrade
- Contaminated groundwater remediation
- Decorative walls, columns and rebuilt Coleman building entry archway – salvaged brick from Coleman factory
- Operational rotary time tower and interpretive wall
- Coordination with St. Francis Street improvement project
- Entry archways & specialty paving
Sedgwick County, KS