Northern CA Transit Center

Client: Metro Department and City

Program: Transit Center

Size: Approx 10,000 sq. ft. building, 80,000 sq. ft. tarmac

Budget: Withheld at the request of owner

Completion Date: As of 2016, Under EIR Review

Material: Fiber Reinforced Composites, Concrete, Glass

Architect: Herwig Baumgartner, Scott Uriu

Consultant: Executive Architect: Adamson Associates - Transportation Planning: Arup - Structural Engineer: Thorton Thomasetti- MEP Engineer: WSP

Northern CA Transit Center
The project is a transit center for about 20 buses and essentially consists of a large roof and a terminal building. There is an existing bus station at this location which will be demolished. It's next to a residential neighborhood and in the center of downtown; located so that the transit terminal will become a major hub for the region and connect the city with Santa Cruz and Monterey.

The concept for the project was to create a thick roof that is a volume rather than a surface. The roof is injected with program including a community center and conference room, and room sized apertures that bring lots of daylight to the tarmac down below. The terminal building itself merges into this roof and includes also a small restaurant, a coffee shop and convenience store. Adding this program, especially the community center, was an effort to redefine what a transit center of the future can be besides just being a transportation hub. The design emphasizes this idea of a civic plaza producing a new identity for the city and the roof becomes an iconic feature for the community.