Architects show design complied with options commissioners chose at October meeting

Canby's Urban Renewal Agency commissioners held a special meeting Nov. 6 to hear a presentation from Blythe Sacho from Scott Edwards Architects. She is one of the architects working on Canby's Gateway Arch that will be placed near the railroad tracks on Grant Street leading toward downtown.

The architects met with the agency recently to offer renderings of the Arch. They were asked to go back and combine certain elements the commissioners favored like the piers holding signs and the lighting that will wash the sign at night.

COURTESY PHOTO: SCOTT EDWARDS ARCHITECTS - An architect's rendering of what the Canby arch might look like at night if and when it comes to fruitition.

To do this, they collaborated with the engineers so they were working together and met with Canby's new City Administrator Scott McClure a couple of times. The result was a picture all the commissioners, which are actually the city council, said they liked and which they concurred was what they wanted to see.

The commissioners called it "fantastic, fabulous and futuristic with a nice timeless feel and mix." The architects are expected to return in January.

The arch will tie into existing signage for specific events. It also will feature a time capsule to be opened in the future. Lamps were moved from the sides of the stone piers to their tops and other lighting will be inside the arch that can be remotely operated by computers.

For example, the lighting can be customized for specific holidays within the arch itself. On July 4 one side would be blue, the other red with white lighting on the arch. The piers also will feature historical plaques.

The Sequoia trees nearby will stay and the piers holding up the arch will be of a slicker material so that they can't be climbed, eliminating accidents.

Carol Rosen
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