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During summer 2012 staff developed three-dimensional computer simulation models to study the shadows that may be created by new development at the north core and examine how light and shadow may affect the northern College Park community. The models are conceptual only and were developed with the following assumptions:

  • Use the proposed development district standards for height to maximize the building envelope on the north core site. This will result in a "worst case" scenario for the purposes of evaluating potential shadow impacts. Massing is maximized, and heights are set at 8 stories within 250 feet of the Metro station and 20 stories (to examine a major employer or GSA campus scenario) outside 250 feet.
  • Examine shadow casting on December 21 (the date of the longest shadows in the area as the sun is furthest south) and June 20 (the date of the shortest shadows in the area as the sun is furthest north).
  •  Review the transit of the sun on the 15th of each month—January through May—to evaluate potential changes due to the transit of the sun from south to north.

Please review the videos of the shadow studies below.(Videos are graphic intensive and may take some time to load.)

December 21
January 15
February 15
March 15
April 15
May 15
June 21

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