City saves money by designing shed in-house

August 16, 2013

By Ari Cetron

New: Aug. 16, 12:14 p.m.

When Sammamish needed a designer for a new equipment shed for its community garden, Sevda Baran stepped in.

Baran works in the city’s parks department, but she’s also an architect. By designing the shed in-house, Baran likely saved the city a few thousand dollars.

Dawn Sanders (left) and Sevda Baran stand in front of the new equipment shed.

Dawn Sanders (left) and Sevda Baran stand in front of the new equipment shed.

She took a few minutes and designed an equipment shed to house shovels, rakes, a wheelbarrow and a few other items. At present, it contains only city-owned equipment, but there may also be space for the tools of community members.

Baran said she’d wanted the shed to echo the other structures nearby, so she gave it a sloped roof and designed it to be built from wood.

Since there’s no electricity in the part of the Sammamish Lower Commons where the shed sits, she called for translucent panels for the roof and along the top.

The design, she said, was meant to be straightforward for city crews to build in-house.

“I wanted to make it simple for them,” she said.

Beams were stained before they were put up to make it easier and save crews the time and effort of taping and painting after it was built.

Baran estimated that if an architect had been involved, it could have cost the city $2,000-$2,500. The total cost of the shed’s materials was about $10,000.

Baran was quick to thank the construction crews who built her design.

“If I didn’t have a great crew, it would not get built,” she said.

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