Utility Areas & Mechanical Equipment Screening

Objective

Utility areas and mechanical equipment should be designed so that they do not detract from the aesthetic appeal of the district.

Standard

The screening of exterior trash and storage areas, service yards, loading areas, transformers and air conditioning units must use the same materials, color and/or style as the primary building in order to be architecturally compatible with the building it is adjacent to.

If the utility area is separate from the building it serves, it should be consistent with the City of Hopkins streetscape theme. All roof equipment must be screened from public view if visible from the street.

All exterior trash and storage areas, service yards, loading areas and air conditioning units must be screened from view. Camouflaging air conditioning units is an acceptable screening method.

Unscreened Mechanical Equipment
Screened Mechanical Equipment
Unscreened Trash Area
Screened Trash Area