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‘Discovery’ architects share vision on Web

‘Discovery’ architects share vision on Web

By: Glenda H. Caudle Special Features Editor

By GLENDA H. CAUDLE
Special Features Editor
This time, it’s about the guys who will literally be in on the ground floor of Discovery.
The Messenger’s second major video interview has begun airing on the paper’s new Web site, www.nwtntoday.com. Co-sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Co., the interview was completed when the architectural team of Douglas Cardinal, Bret Cardinal and Mark Conley last visited Union City and presented their model for the Discovery Park of America anchor — the museum and “grand hall” convention center.
In the interview, the architects, whose offices are in Ottawa, Ontario, showcase the model they transported with them in a sealed wooden box from their offices in Canada to reveal to excited members of the local committees who, at the request of Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland, are planning Discovery Park of America and the convention center. The Kirkland Foundation is underwriting a huge portion of the multi-million dollar price tag associated with the education-entertainment-tourist magnet attraction that will soon rise on property just west of Union City Second Baptist Church. The City of Union City is bearing the cost of the included convention center that will provide services for 800-1,000 guests.
The 50-acre complex, which will also include a “working” Pioneer Village and an arboretum and — if all goes according to plan — a first class interstate tourist center, is currently bordered on the east by Everett Boulevard and will soon have one of the first legs of I-69 — the interstate link running the length of the nation and connecting Canada and Mexico — as its western hedge.
Plans call for ground-breaking in the spring, with a completion date of autumn of 2009.
The interview, which is a follow-up to the popular interview with Kirkland that has already attracted more than 1,300 hits, was filmed at The Messenger, with questions posed by this reporter to award-winning architect Douglas Cardinal and his team.
There are also sketches of the interior plans for the museum and video “snippets” of meetings the architects enjoyed with various local committee members who have been helping the team plan the buildings since October.
Copies of all articles related to Discovery Park of America, as well as photos — both those that have graced the pages of The Messenger and others not previously released to the public — and the interview with Kirkland are included at nwtntoday.com. Click on the left-hand sign prompt for Discovery Park and proceed to find out more about the project in three different formats.
Viewers who experience any problems receiving the broadcast may need to update their programs.
Glenda Caudle may be con-tacted by e-mail at glenda caudle@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 1.7.08

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