Thursday, August 30, 2012

Reservoir Benches

 
This interesting bench resides on the outer wall of the Grove Street Reservoir, which provides water to one-third of the city's approximately 11,000 residents. 

This reservoir replaced a previous version in 2004 and, it turns out, was an award-winning project due to its unique approach to the problem of limited space.   

The challenge faced by the design/construction team was that because the reservoir was surrounded by houses, it was impossible to expand beyond the existing footprint.  A unique concentric tank system was used, so that one of the two tanks sits inside of the other, and the tanks operate in tandem.  However, one can continue operating if the other needs to be taken out of service for cleaning, etc. 

Next time you pass through, take a load off.  The bench has a pleasant throne-like quality and is surprisingly comfortable, for a concrete seat.



8 comments:

  1. It looks a lovely place to rest - I enjoyed seeing that site & knowing that public works can be recognized for their ingenuity and design :) (Good design is amazing and plays such a key role, we take it for granted sometimes!)

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    1. I agree with that. I walk by these things and don't even think about them. Nice to stop and figure out where it all comes from.

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  2. What took me so long to find you? Sorry about that. I love daily photo blogs, and Sierra Madre is so lovely.

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    1. Hi Margaret, I'm glad you found me! I feel honored - I so loved your book!

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  3. I remember when they were working on this. I kind of like that little house across the street (run down with lots of land and brush surrounding it). One of the things that make Altadena and Sierra Madre my favorite places.

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    1. I like that every house is different. Not a lot of "tracty" looking houses.

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  4. Thanks for checking this out. I found the reservoir on google maps but I've only driven down Grove once or twice, and never noticed the seat. Will try again soon, I promise.

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    1. I've had this picture for ages, and never knew what the bench was all about, so thanks for bringing up the topic so I'd even know what it was called! I passed by again today, and there seems to be more foliage in front of the reservoir, so you may have to really look to find it.

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