Episode 3: Ghost Bridges and Design Realities
With his architects in place, Shaun and his team begin the process of designing the state-of-the-art Inn. Shaun’s vision for the project has evolved a lot and he has told the architects to think big and create a design that is eco-friendly with solar power, geo-thermal heating and even recycling water. Meanwhile, Shaun’s sister, Rani works with a group of architecture university students from Dalhousie to re-ignite the memory of a community-connecting bridge that had been torn down many years before.
While Shaun and Peter anxiously wait to see the models the architects have cooked up in Newfoundland, Shelby, Shaun’s fiancée, is back in LA feeling isolated from the process. From the start, Shaun has wanted his co-pilot, Shelby, to be involved with the project. She prides herself in having a strong grasp on style. Ultimately, she sees her role in the overall design and is excited to lead the interior design of the Inn. But so far, she hasn’t been part of the process and well, she isn’t exactly happy about that.
Back in Newfoundland, the Acre Architects, Monica and Stephen, present Shaun and Peter with three models of the manor. And Shaun is ecstatic. Shelby, on the other hand, struggles to find anything she likes about it and has some choice words for the design. Shaun finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to choose between his fiancée’s ideas or his architects’.
One thing that is clear to Shaun is how important these first few steps are crucial to the future success of the project long-term. With a figure of 2.6 million dollars in mind, Shaun, along with his partner, Peter, needs to approach the government for big investment in order to make his dream a reality. But, before he steps into their boardroom with his pitch, Peter has some tough questions for Shaun to answer. What is Shaun’s commitment to the project long-term? Once the manor is built, will he head back to LA for good? Passion alone won’t be enough to get the tight fiscal pockets of the Newfoundland & Labrador government to loosen.
Not only does Shaun have the enormous pressure of turning his hometown into a world-class tourist destination, he has to convince Shelby, the town and now the government, that he’s on the right track. Will they find a way to make it work? Can Shelby be brought into the process? Will Shaun get his pitch right to the Newfoundland & Labrador government? So much is on the line right now…
Shaun discovers an interesting fact about Burlington's infrastructure with Shelby, Peter and the Acre Architects.