But he didn't mention bike parking and its bike parking looks pretty good!
As soon as you approach the main entry from the street, the small rack to the left of the entry is obvious.
The rack is visible from the street and from the building, and at night will be light by the entry way. It is away from the primary walking path to the door, and will not impede pedestrians.
In addition to the bike parking out front, there is a shower on the bottom floor and there will be a larger configuration of bike parking in the back of the building, likely in the covered area of the parking structure.
We can only hope that Waterplace is swamped with bicyclists and has to add more parking!
Adequate bike parking is not the only reason to like the building, of course.
Thompson also writes
CB|Two hopes to earn a LEED Gold designation for WaterPlace for the building's many innovative and environmentally sensitive design features, Brandaw said.The wood used in interior finishes includes maple from diseased and old trees felled in Eugene and reclaimed wood from old barns around Stayton.
The window system maximizes natural light and minimizes the need for artificial illumination.
The building also makes use of its relation to Pringle Creek.
WaterPlace also was placed farther back from Pringle Creek than the previous building there, the Tudor Rose. The builders have re-established the creek bank and replanted it, restoring the riparian area.A bioswale drains and filters surface water run-off from the building and log. Pervious pavers drain the patio area.
Waterplace represents a good move and good direction in Salem architecture! Go check it out.